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IEC 61511 Safety Instrumented System
Take the ONLINE IChemE accredited course on process industry functional safety & SIL-rated safety instrumented systems for your IEC 61511 training needs.
Safety Instrumented Systems - IEC 61511 Training Course
What keeps you awake at night? Are you concerned about your ageing plant and the integrity of safety systems engineered years ago?
If you are operating any form of hazardous plant, you and your team will need safety instrumented system training. Our modular online course is designed to teams a head start in learning IEC 61511 safety instrumented system requirements.
The IEC 61511 training can be completed over a period of several weeks or months, allowing you to drip-feed information to your key personnel.
The SIS Foundation course is ideal for those who are operating, maintaining, managing and designing safety instrumented systems.
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.
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You can ask the course tutor questions and self-assess your own progress with the online quizzes and tests.
What people are saying about the course
Regional C&I Engineer
I thoroughly enjoyed the Safety Instrumented System course
Considering it is a foundation course, it teaches you some extremely useful and relevant information, whilst pushing and testing your knowledge of each completed module by means of a test at the end of each stage.
Process Safety Engineer Advisor
The safety instrumented system training is one of the most comprehensive Functional Safety courses available through the internet
The course gives a special insight on Safety Instrumented Systems and their management in the process industry.
The IEC 61511 training course was well presented, contained useful information and was easy to navigate
Overall I have increased my knowledge and recommend this course to anyone in this type of industry.
Get all this PLUS
As well as the modules introduced above, once you have signed up we give you year-round access to our growing resource of accident lessons. This includes descriptions and videos for more than 10 different industry accidents that we can all learn from.
Video and text descriptions
If you have safety moments during PHA sessions like HAZOP / HAZID or LOPA study team meetings, then a simple to follow summary or video can be really helpful. to put your hands on.
All our safety moments are freely accessible once you sign up for our online courses,
WHAT WENT WRONG
Summary of each accident
Get a potted summary of what went wrong in each accident case. Summaries are easy to follow; extracted from publicly available sources.
How to avoid repeat mistakes
Learning lessons from accidents is the main reason for highlighting them. We try to provide a quick overview of the key lessons from each accident, ideal for quick safety moment presentations.
About The Course Author
Jon Keswick has provided consulting in the field of functional safety since 2004. Previous to that, Jon worked in technical product management roles for more than 15 years at several well-known control and automation equipment suppliers.
As well as authoring online courses, Jon now couples his safety, automation, instrumentation and programmable systems knowledge with independent functional safety assessment and audit services for process and machinery safety projects.
In his spare time, Jon enjoys taking calculated risks playing with motorcycles, woodwork and home-brew beer...although not at all the same time!
Why is this course valuable?
This course has significant value for anyone working in the process industry sector. You may be an OEM supplying equipment, an engineering service provider, or working for the hazard duty-holder.
For the same price of a one or two-day course offsite, this course provides drip-feed learning access for 90 days or more, resulting in 18 CPD - continuing professional development hours.
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