Taehoon Lee

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM)


Engineering Management

First Advisor

Craig Downing


Companies focus on Process Safety Management (PSM) in order to protect employees and facilities from an accidents, such as explosion and fire. The most elements of PSM are closely related to employees, which determine the organizational culture, and organizational culture directly affects safety culture. Companies put an effort to have a strong safety culture, which is behaviors and responses in regard to emergency and abnormal situation. In this paper, definition and essential theories of PSM were reviewed first, and safety culture in PSM and the safety culture of Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) were discussed. A method used in IPL was to conduct the safety survey to evaluate their safety culture. To understand the safety culture in Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT), two similar safety surveys were performed. The first survey was to understand students’ perceptions about Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the laboratory, and the second survey was to study what type of methods are used for the safety training in companies and find current safety problems and solutions of the Chemical Engineering Unit Operations laboratory. Based on the results of the surveys, the safety culture of RHIT was analyzed and possible solutions were suggested.

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