OHS data is a powerful force to influence positive change in the workplace; however, these outcomes will only be realised if the OHS data is easily accessible, can be analysed quickly and can be converted into meaningful and actionable information.
It is estimated that about 66% of the programmable electronic systems (PES) running in the process industry were installed before the publication of today’s commonly used safety standards (IEC 61508 and IEC 61511/ISA 84).
Can you imagine a world where telephone systems only worked within a city but not outside it? Or where emails could only be sent within a company’s intranet but not externally? Can you imagine the resultant inefficiency and lack of productivity?
IDC Technologies is currently looking for a number of presenters to submit an abstract and present their papers at the upcoming Safety Control Systems Conference that IDC will be bringing to Australia this year.
The Fieldbus Foundation has made updated device development solutions for its FOUNDATION Fieldbus for Safety Instrumented Functions (FF-SIF) technology available.
Standards Australia has published three new hazardous areas standards to supersede existing standards in Australia and New Zealand.
ABB has announced a new series of training workshops that highlight safety considerations for robotic production systems.
New digital technology now makes it feasible to integrate process control and safety instrumented functions within a common automation infrastructure. While this can provide productivity and asset management benefits, if not done correctly, it can also compromise the safety and security of an industrial operation. This makes it critically important for process industry users to understand where to draw the line. Cyber-security and sabotage vulnerability further accentuate the need for securing the Safety Instrumented System (SIS).
Australian and international safety standards permit users to apply a ‘proven in prior use’ methodology to justify their safety integrity level (SIL)-rated safety instrumented system (SIS) equipment. But, before you choose that option, be sure you can accept the responsibility and you have the proper tools and procedures.