Union Carbide Chemical Plant, Bhopal, India
Read the following two chapters of A Cloud Over Bhopal: Causes, Consequences, and Constructive Solutions from Grazian-archive.com.
- Chapter 1: In the Coolness of Night (PDF) (Links to an external site.)
- Chapter 6: Causes and Negligence (PDF) (Links to an external site.)
Watch this documentary video that tells the story of the Bhopal tragedy.
Seismic Seconds: The Bhopal Gas Disaster (Links to an external site.) (23:38 – VEOH – Requires Flash)
The Bhopal disaster is considered the worst industrial accident in the history of the world. Death estimates have been placed as high as 15,000 and injuries totaled over 500,000. Based on what you learned in the video and the reading from the Grazian archive, use one of the techniques you learned about this week to conduct an analysis of one of the system malfunctions that happened at the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal. Take this analysis and draft a one to two-page report to show your boss the findings and how to correct this problem before it becomes catastrophic.
As with every case study, don’t feel limited to just the video and reading posted here. Feel free to use any credible sources you wish to complete this assignment but be sure to cite them accordingly.
This assignment has two requirements that must be completed. The first is a chart presenting the data you selected to analyze in your chosen technique (examples are found in the Ericson text). The second is a short narrative to the boss telling them why the items you show in your chart are important and need to be addressed. Both of these must be turned in for this case study.