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Functional safety culture in the process industries: twelve years after IEC61511 Ed 1.0 - Hazardex 2016

Author : Tino Vande Capelle - GMI

29 October 2015

**This paper will be presented at Hazardex 2016. Contact us for details of delegate packages & offers**

Nearly 100,000 hours after the first publication of IEC 61511 (edition 1.0 - 2004), the process industries are still playing catchup, and both awareness and understanding are still below acceptable levels.

Good engineering practice guidelines have been widely ignored, abused and manipulated, leaving us today in a Functional Safety jungle, where many consider themselves experts by playing with numbers and fooling each other on paper.

Many instrument and system vendors have put in huge efforts and investment to increase the quality of safety devices, but human failures in the sector still cause daily problems that can initiate or contribute to incidents.

Applying Functional Safety management is one way to help us avoid making mistakes, but why is this so difficult to implement in everyday activities?

Tino is a Senior Functional Safety Expert (TÜV Rheinland) & Trainer for Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) with the International TÜV Rheinland Functional Safety program, will also be running a free to attend workshop 'Is your field sensor architecture SAFE and AVAILABLE?' during the event, contact us to register for this as places are limited.

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