TIØ4205 - Methods and Tools in Safety Management


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

The course focuses on systematic prevention of occupational accidents. The subject provides the foundation for and an introduction to practical application of safety analysis for past conditions (reporting of unwanted occurrences; incident database; lagging safety performance indicators; accident investigation); for present conditions (workplace inspections; audits; leading safety performance indicators); and for future conditions (different methods for risk analysis, e.g. preliminary hazard analysis and job safety analysis). Foundations, merits and shortcomings of the methods are described for adequate application. It is emphasized that the analysis results should be used as decision-making support for improved safety. A theoretical part of the subject deals with accident theories and models, barrier philosophies for accident prevention and feedback and learning mechanisms within an organisation.

A central part of the course is to review different methods for analysis of safety and risk as well as safety-critical decisions in all phases in a building or construction project: project development; engineering and planning; acquisition; project construction; and operations.

The contents of the subject will be applied on real examples in the teaching activities.

The subject is in particular providing students relevant and thorough knowledge on techniques and methods for the management of safety and how safety practice is organised and executed in industrial projects and organizations. The methods and principles in the course is transferable to environmental management and management of working environment.

The subject is mandatory for students at MHMS and MIHMS.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: After completing the course, the student will be able to:
- explain the theoretical basis for the different methods and tools in use to identify, analyse and evaluate accident risks and remedial actions
- choose and assess appropriate methods and tools for a systematic and efficient accident prevention work in industrial organisations and projects.
- choose and assess efficient preventive measures and argue for the choice of these
- explain why accidents happen by use of theoretical models and perspectives
- explain the principles for experience feedback and learning from unwanted occurrences.
-relate safety management in different project phases to each other

Skills: After completing the course, the student will be able to:
- analyse and evaluate the standard of corporate safety management system
- develop efficient systems for safety management based on principles for experience feedback and learning.
- apply accident models for analysis of accidents
- apply methods for accident investigation at different levels
- assess risk for different tasks and systems
- apply methods for safety audits
- analyse incident databases
- choose and recommend efficient preventive measures

Competence: After completing the course, the student will be able to:
- recognize principles behind Norwegian and European safety legislation.
- solve practical task in operational safety management

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and exercises closely related to practice. Real, practical examples and exercises are applied in the teaching.

A number of exercises must be approved to be able to take the exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may change from written to oral.
For a re-take of an examination, all assessments in the portfolio must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Health, Environment and Safety (MHMS)
Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS) (MSRAMS)
Safety, Health and Environment (MIHMS)

Course materials

U. Kjellén & E.Albrechtsen (2017): Prevention of Accidents and Unwanted Occurrences, Taylor og Francis.
Lecture notes.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIS1050 7.5
TIØ4203 7.5 01.09.2016
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 3
Lab hours: 2
No.of specialization hours: 7

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Safety, Reliability and Maintenance
  • Health, Safety and Environment
  • Safety and Reliability
  • Risk Analysis
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management



Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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