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Course overview

Functional safety is the achievement of safety through the application of control systems and requires identifying what must be done and how well it should be done. Such systems are referred to as safety-rated systems (or safety instrumented systems in the process sector).

The achievement of functional safety is a multi-disciplinary approach involving, plant managers, plant engineers, mechanical engineers, chemical engineers, control and instrumentation engineers and electrical engineers. End users are increasingly involved in ensuring that a tolerable risk target is met by the adoption of various layers of protective systems. Safety-related systems form an essential part of the overall framework for the achievement of a tolerable risk.

This course provides a sound basis for anyone involved in the management, specification, design, system integration, operation, modification, and maintenance of safety-related systems.

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Partner Details

Ron Bell, OBE, B.Sc. (Hons), CEng, FIET, FS Expert (TÜV Rheinland, # 258 /15, SIS), Engineering Safety Consultants (ESC) Limited.

Ron Bell is a Principal Consultant of Engineering Safety Consultants Ltd (ESC).

From 1992 until 2006, Ron Bell was Head of the Electrical and Control Systems Group in the Health and Safety Executive. In 1998, he was appointed as one of the five UK members of the binational Channel Tunnel Safety Authority, an appointment he held for 13 years.

He chaired the international IEC Task Group that assessed the viability of developing an international standard for safety critical computer systems and then went on to chair one of the two IEC working groups responsible for Editions 1 and 2 of IEC 61508.  He is currently involved in the revision of Edition 2 of IEC 61508. In 2005, he received the IEC 1906 Award for his work on functional safety and IEC 61508.

He held a 3-year appointment (2015-2018) as a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at Liverpool John Moores University and was recently awarded the 2020 Mukaidono Safety Award, in recognition of distinguished services in the international standardisation of functional safety.

He received the OBE in the Queen's 2006 New Year Honours.


EUR ING David Green BEng (hons) CEng MIET FInstMC FS Expert (TÜV Rheinland, # 277/17, SIS), RFSE, CMSE®

David is the Associate Director of Engineering Safety Consultants (ESC) Limited.

He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), registered European Engineer (EUR ING), Registered Functional; Safety Engineer (InstMC) and member of the Institute of Measurement and Control Functional Safety Specialist Interest Group – Executive Committee with more than 18 years’ experience in safety-related applications. He is a certified TÜV Rheinland Functional Safety Expert and ‘Reliability and Functional Safety Engineer’ (Technik) in Safety Instrumented Systems.

David has spent most of his career working in upper tier COMAH manufacturing sites, maintaining the instrumentation systems on the organisation’s behalf including being the technical lead for Safety Lifecycle Management for five years at the UK’s second largest Refinery. These activities involved working with external agencies and representing the company in front of the UK regulators. He has now moved into safety consultancy, specialising in, IEC61508/61511-compliance and reliability analysis for the Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Manufacturing industries.   

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What you will learn
• A good understanding of the basics of functional safety provided in a systematic manner.
• An increased ability to be able to participate in discussions on functional safety in a knowledgeable manner.
• To have a better understanding of the resource, management and technical implications of migrating to IEC 61508.
• To understand what a SIL is and what it is not.
Who should learn

This course is suitable for both technical and managerial staff managing, or involved with, the specification, design, system integration and maintenance involving complex safety-related systems.
Units included in this course