Control systems are a risky business for plant operators and the consequences of a system failure can have substantial implications to your organisation, including:
• Injuries to staff
• Loss of production
• Environmental damage
• Damage if plant
• Loss of reputation
Your Duties for Safety – IEC 61508/61511 Functional Safety
If your organisation is responsible for operating control systems that have a safety implication, it’s important to ensure that a hazard and risk analysis of the process is carried out or reviewed, and Safety Integrity Level (SIL) requirements for the control systems are identified.
Also, new or replacement systems are reviewed and have correctly specified safety functions and SILs.
IEC 61508 Functional Safety Healthcheck
Our team can help to ensure that your safety and control systems are up-to-date with current safety legislation and give you the confidence that the safety processes you have put in place are adequate.
The Healthcheck provides a responsive and cost-effective overview of the adequacy of the systems currently in place against the latest safety standards. It will identify issues that are being dealt with correctly and, more importantly, highlight anything you still need to do to demonstrate compliance.
The service is primarily intended for managers responsible for control system safety in their organisation and can provide an input to planning any future upgrade programmes or developing a functional safety strategy.
How it Works
A member of our Functional Safety team will spend a day on-site, meeting with your in-house safety team, reviewing your control systems and conducting a ‘site-walk’, assessing your systems against latest HSE guidance and industry practice.
During this time our expert will be able to grasp whether an adequate level of safety has been achieved, and what more needs to be done.
We will write our findings and recommendations in a brief formal report, enabling you to plan a strategy for any future IEC 61508/61511 work.
We also offer the facility for post-audit advice and modifications, and can be your technical partner for any future functional safety requirements you may have.