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Hazardex 2018 Conference - 13. Functional safety management of installed SIS

31 January 2018

Nic Butcher - ECI Specialist Inspector, HSE.
Thurs 9.30 – 10.10: Main conference room

The requirements for functional safety management are set out in good practice BS EN 61511 but the lifecycle described is focused on new SIS which may leave some conspicuous gaps in dutyholders’ understanding of the requirements for their range of existing installed SIS, which might have been implemented to older standards or earlier versions of BS EN 61511. 

The Health and Safety Executive has been working with the Chemicals and Downstream Operators Forum (CDOIF) to develop a set of pragmatic guidelines on how to manage installed SIS that describes the procedures and processes required, including a process of periodic review and assessment.

Nic is a Chartered Chemical Engineer who has worked as a Specialist Inspector for HSE in the major hazard industries for nine years.  Main roles include inspection of COMAH regulated sites and investigation of incidents covering functional safety, control systems including cyber security and electrical ignition hazards. 

Prior to HSE, Nic had an industrial background working as a Control System Design, Installation and Commissioning Engineer for a leading control system vendor working on projects in the chemical, oil and gas and related sectors.  He has also worked for a major bulk chemical manufacturing company on improvement projects for control and safety systems and for the Environment Agency.

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