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.
15 February - 16 February
27 June - 28 June
3 October - 4 October
This online short course will run on the following dates:
15 & 16 February 2024, 1pm – 5pm AEDT
27 & 28 June 2024, 10am – 2pm AEST
3 & 4 October 2024, 10am – 2pm AEST
Registrations close three business days before the scheduled course start date.
- 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
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
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
- 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
- Bypasses and overrides
Rebekah is a Chartered member of Engineers Australia and senior control systems engineer at Engineering. Systems. Management. (E.S.M.). She is a trained and experienced risk workshop facilitator. An engineering safety specialist, Rebekah has been a TUV Functional Safety Engineer since 2009.
With more than 16 years’ experience across multiple industries, including defence, mining, power generation, and infrastructure, Rebekah’s experience spans the full engineering lifecycle from concept design to commissioning and even decommissioning. She has worked for leading organisations in many industry sectors, including secondments at BHP and Santos.
She holds a Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Hons).
Trevor Zwar is a Senior Systems Engineer with over 15 years’ professional engineering experience across multiple industries including defence, mining, agriculture, infrastructure, and manufacturing. He has practised in the electrical (hardware), mechanical, and control systems disciplines, and has worked across the engineering lifecycle.
Trevor has a passion for safety in engineering, and is a TÜV Rheinland certified Functional Safety Engineer. Trevor has worked collaboratively with research institutions to develop new technologies, including two patented designs, and has presented his work at workshops and conferences. Trevor holds bachelor’s degrees in mechatronic engineering (hons) and economics, is a fellow of Engineers Australia, and a chartered professional engineer in the mechanical and electrical disciplines.