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How reliability data validation (RDV) should be applied to properly determine if safety system devices are individually capable of satisfying the target safety integrity level (SIL) rating, and verify if the whole safety system implementation performs according to design.
PM Group's Richard Coffey outlines a number of points to help improve communication and provide a better understanding of Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) among safety professionals, operations personnel and production managers
Safety in process plants extends to mitigating the effect of any plant failure. Considerable efforts are made to protect people, the environment and plant assets from damage caused by the plant. Safety is a balance between the residual risk of damage and the effort being taken to reduce such risk. In this article, Dr. Alexander…
2019 inductee Nicholas Sands, senior manufacturing technology fellow, global alarm management leader, and process control engineer, DuPont Safety and Construction, has leveraged his 29-year career at DuPont into a position where he has dual roles as a process control engineer and as a resource both within and outside DuPont for safety standards development and training.
The world of functional safety can be a confusing place for an end-user. Industry standards are continually changing, and they are not always clear or consistent. There are hundreds of vendors and consultants that may or may not be able to offer good products and advice.
Meanwhile, governments and the public grow increasingly intolerant of incidents and near misses. Traditional approaches to process safety are changing and becoming more sophisticated.
More than ever, it is critical for instrumentation and control systems engineers to have a firm understanding of the theory and practical aspects of process safety and safety instrumented systems.
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