Safety > Standards

Spotlight on safety software

18 June, 2013 by Tanya Bose*

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.

Legacy systems and today’s safety standards

08 April, 2013 by Luis M Duran, Product Marketing Manager Safety Systems, ABB

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).

The importance of standardisation

02 April, 2013

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?

Call for papers: Practical impacts of IEC 61508 and new safety technologies

03 May, 2011

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.

Updated FF SIF Specification and tools released

08 December, 2010

The Fieldbus Foundation has made updated device development solutions for its FOUNDATION Fieldbus for Safety Instrumented Functions (FF-SIF) technology available.

Australian hazardous areas standards now available

19 October, 2009

Standards Australia has published three new hazardous areas standards to supersede existing standards in Australia and New Zealand.

ABB announces new robot safety training workshop

02 June, 2009

ABB has announced a new series of training workshops that highlight safety considerations for robotic production systems.

Integrating control and safety — where to draw the line

20 January, 2009 by Robin McCrea-Steele*

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).

Proven in prior use: a DIY challenge

18 May, 2008 by Dr Eric Scharpf, CFSE, and Dr William Goble, CFSE*

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.

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