Short Courses

Functional Safety Awareness

Reduce risk and avoid causing harm by better managing your equipment and systems.
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Reduce risk and avoid causing harm by better managing your equipment and systems.

When assets like equipment and systems are in use, there’s always the potential to cause harm to people, other equipment, and the environment. Understanding and managing these risks are critical for creating a safe environment.

Functional safety helps you reduce these risks by having a system in place to:

  • Identify potential dangers
  • Take action to avoid an accident or reduce its impact.

Through this course, you’ll gain an awareness of what functional safety is. You’ll learn about the standards and language involved, so you can feel confident delivering projects that have potential functional safety requirements and communicating with specialists. You’ll also know where and how functional safety specialists contribute to a project.

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to better manage functional safety requirements by knowing when you need to call in the specialists and effectively collaborate with them, knowing how to implement functional safety requirements in an engineering lifecycle, and successfully hand over a Safety Integrity Level (SIL) compliant system.

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2 x 4-hour sessions
Location & dates
Professional Skills

3 October - 4 October

We can customise this course for groups of six or more.

You choose the time, place, duration and format.

Find out how we can help you and your team by clicking on the button below to request a quote or calling us directly on +61 3 9321 1700.

Learning outcomes
  • Recognise the situations and industries where functional safety is required, and know which relevant standards and codes apply
  • Understand the fundamental concepts of functional safety, when it applies, and how it’s integrated with engineering, safety and design processes
  • Be aware of how risk assessment determines the safety integrity level (SIL) required
  • Know the different types of failure of Safety Instrumented Functions
  • Collaborate more effectively with functional safety specialists
  • Understand the potential implications for project scope, schedule and budget of functional safety engineering

This course really helped me to understand how to apply different safety standards and SIL, as well as how we can perform functional safety risk assessments successfully.


This workshop provided a great overview of functional safety and the framework of 61508. I have implemented SIL1 systems before and have been exposed to SIL3 systems. Reviewing the framework was very useful to make sure I don't miss any of the steps.

Is this course for you?

Is this course for you?

This course will suit if you have a basic understanding of Safety in Design and are:

  • A designer
  • An engineer
  • A project manager
  • A design manager or technical lead
  • A procurement or contracts person
  • An engineering consultant
  • An architect.

You'll benefit from this course regardless of your discipline and industry.

If you're in the construction industry, or you procure, own, operate and maintain infrastructure, this course will help you understand what to expect from designers, manufacturers, constructors and suppliers.

Topics we’ll cover

Topics we’ll cover

Introduction and context for functional safety

  • Key terms and definitions
  • Introduce umbrella standard IEC 61508 Functional safety of electrical/electronic/programmable electronic safety-related systems
  • Links to Australian legislation.

Risk and safety integrity levels

  • Hazard and risk analysis
  • Tolerable risk
  • Typical characteristics of safety integrity functions
  • Probability of dangerous failure on demand.

The functional safety lifecycle

  • Systematic failures of a safety instrumented function
  • Analysis phase activities and documentation
  • Realisation phase activities and documentation
  • Operations and maintenance phase activities and documentation.

Management of Functional Safety

  • Planning
  • Verification
  • Auditing and assessment.

Application of functional safety

  • The engineering lifecycle and functional safety
  • Functional safety for the process industry (IEC 61511)
  • Machine safety (AS/NZS 4024 series and AS/NZS 62061)
  • Rail Safety
  • Burner management systems (AS 3814).

Guidelines for safety instrumented systems design

  • Safety response time
  • Continuous and demand mode functions
  • Hardware fault tolerance
  • Spurious trip
  • Common cause failure
  • Diagnostics
  • Bypasses and overrides
  • Simplicity.
Rebekah Reilly BEng FSEng FIEAust CPEng NER
Trevor Zwar BE BEc FSEng FIEAust CPEng NER
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