Course NumberET-02-203
PDH Hours3
Ethics Case Study: The Bhopal Tragedy

Ethics Case Study: The Bhopal Tragedy

The Bhopal case is an in-depth study of the industrial accident at the Union Carbide factory in India that immediately killed 2,000 people, injured another 200,000 to 300,000 more, and raised questions about plant safety and corporate responsibility around the world. This course details the design, operating, and cultural factors that contributed to the Bhopal disaster. It examines how a design engineer deals with the issues involved in the operation of a facility staffed with uneducated and illiterate workers, particularly those in a culture foreign to the designer. The course also assesses the role of the Indian government’s policies and regulations in the disaster and explores whether it is sufficient for an engineer to design a facility to meet minimal safety and environmental requirements in another country.

The course includes a video that summarizes the events leading up to the disaster including the lack of maintenance and training at the facility.

Once you complete your course review, take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 3 PDH credit.

Learning Objectives

This course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Details of the Bhopal disaster and the events leading up to it
  • Theories on the cause of the leak that precipitated the disaster
  • The potential causes of the safety system failures
  • Lessons learned from the incident
  • Ethical obligations of engineers who design and operate facilities that pose potential danger to the public and workers

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