Since launching SIS Foundation, our IChemE accredited online Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) e-Learning course in 2016, we have now reached customers as far and wide as Australia, Azerbaijan, Canada, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, UAE, USA, and of course the UK where we're based.
Many customers have reported how they find that self-paced online functional safety training can really help supplement learning with their busy schedules. Subscribers have access to the course modules 24 hours per day during their subscription period, meaning they can pick up short courses in slack periods and drop them easily when things get busy.
The "bite-size" nature of the course modules makes stopping and re-starting training courses a breeze
An introduction to functional safety in the context of general safety and the process industry. It includes a historical outline of the development of Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) electrical and electronic equipment, from the 1960s to today. The full SIS safety life-cycle is introduced, including an overview of its required inputs, procedures, and expected outputs at every stage of the life of a system.
Key Terminology, Regulations and Functional Safety Standards
Learn about the key terms you will need to understand about functional safety. The hierarchy of regulation, standards and industry guidelines is explained. This part of the course also outlines how hazard and risk assessment are linked to specifying Safety Integrity Level (SIL) for Safety Instrumented Systems within the framework of IEC 61511 and parent standard IEC 61508.
Functional Safety Management
This section introduces the objectives and techniques for functional safety management. Managing functional is crucial because there are essential planning, organisational and procedural requirements that can negatively affect the performance of the SIS either in its development, or in operation. We introduce the requirements for managing competence of people, and outline verification and validation planning. The basics of functional safety assessment and audit are also covered.
Hazard, risk and SIL assessment
This section provides an overview of how hazard identification, risk assessment and SIL determination techniques should combine to achieve the goal of reducing risk. The course explains a typical workflow and outlines the inputs and expected results of each stage. Conventional methods such as HAZOP, risk graph, and LOPA are introduced in moderate depth; sufficient to understand the objectives and basic mechanics of each technique. A new module on cybersecurity risk assessment is included with an outline of relevant standards for further study.
Safety requirements specification
This section explains the need for carefully specifying safety requirements for the SIS. Requirements can exist at various levels, including those related most directly to the process, those that are general requirements of the SIS hardware and software, and others that are specific to each safety instrumented function. It also introduces common SRS challenges and how to avoid problems.
SIS design, engineering, installation & validation
The design and engineering of safety instrumented systems require the use of conventional control system engineering skills, supplemented by some activities that may not be so familiar to control system designers. This section provides an overview of the additional checks and activities required for SIS design. The section also includes information on SIS equipment selection, techniques for hardware and software verification, plus installation, commissioning and validation basics.
Safety instrumented system operation, maintenance and modification
The operation, maintenance and modification of SIS is the topic of this section. Procedures and documentation for operating an SIS are reviewed, including bypass and override requirements. It introduces the principles and basic techniques for inspection and proof testing. The section also introduces how equipment failures should be analysed, and the basics of proper management of change.
No matter where you are based, provided you have a reasonable internet connection, you can log in and begin learning; even on a tablet or mobile phone.
Our professional Learning Management System provides fully automated tracking showing which courses, modules and assessment have already been completed. Team leaders can access reporting features which show user progress and results of each assessment. This is a crucial part of competence tracking, and can provide valuable evidence for functional safety assessment and audit.