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Functional safety finds favour at ISA Expo

20 October 2009

Sira’s Functional Safety Expert, Paul Reeve, was recently invited to present a paper and conduct IEC 61508 training by the International Society of Automation (ISA) at their prestigious event in Houston, Texas.

Functional safety finds favour at ISA Expo
Functional safety finds favour at ISA Expo

Sira & CSA, the world’s #1 option for global testing and certification of equipment used in hazardous locations, received a tremendous response to its Functional Safety training workshops conducted at the recent ISA Expo in Houston, Texas.

The workshops covered the principles of the Functional Safety Standard, and how it is applied. Delegates where able to learn the importance of functional safety and how it can benefit their business, and also had the opportunity of a private consultation with Sira’s Functional Safety expert, Paul Reeve, where they could discuss issues pertinent to their own functional safety compliance projects.

Sira conducts a range of Functional Safety training throughout the year at its own training facilities or at clients’ sites. For more details please contact Sira.

What is Functional Safety?

Functional Safety is concerned with products or systems whose failure to operate reliably could harm people or the environment.

IEC 61508 is the accepted international standard that deals with the functional safety of electrical or electronic (including software-based) safety-related systems. The reliability of such systems is determined by the Safety Integrity Level (SIL) of the safety function they perform.

Increasingly, certification to IEC 61508, 61511 and other related standards is being encouraged by regulatory authorities and sought by end users as a way of minimising risk and demonstrating best practice. In contracts involving safety-related systems, certification to IEC 61508 is often a prerequisite, marking out the industry leading organisations from their competitors.

Sira is accredited by UKAS to undertake its certification activities in accordance with the CASS Scheme, and is committed to helping its customers promote their products and services in the international market, with the highest level of credibility with regard to functional safety.

Functional Safety Services

Sira offers a range of training courses aimed at manufacturers, system integrators, developers and software engineers. Covering all aspects of IEC 61508, the courses range from ½-day overviews to 4-day specialist training, with the opportunity on certain courses to undertake a formal examination and achieve an IAQC accredited certificate.

Sira also provides certification of products and companies that supply safety-related products and services that conform to the requirements of IEC 61508. 

For more details about how Functional Safety can benefit your business, please contact Sira:

Tel: +44 (0)1244 670 900  

Sira & CSA – the global solution for your training needs

Sira & CSA provides training throughout the world, delivering courses focusing on every aspect of HAZLOC/ATEX requirements, for your technical engineers, managers and sales staff.

Our courses can be tailored to suit your needs and conducted at your facility, saving you valuable time and money.

Training can also be combined with technical support services, whereby we can look at certification issues relating to your organisation.

Our lecturers are expert certification engineers, so are technically up-to-date and have first-hand knowledge of certification principles.

For more details of all the training solutions Sira offers, please contact us on:

Tel: +44 (0)1244 670 900 

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