Introduction to Functional Safety Seminars

If you are interested in functional safety, and I know many readers are based on the statistics I see for my other functional safety-related posts, I think you will be interested in this. I am collaborating with the IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society’s Virtual Chapter to provide a series of three 35 minute seminars discussing the fundamentals of functional safety. The series started last month and continues this month on Thursday, 2019-04-18 at 12:00 EDT (UTC -4). You must be a member of the IEEE PSES to attend. You can contact the PSES Virtual Chapter to get more information on how to join. Attendance to Virtual Chapter Meetings and the seminars is free for members.

Seminar Topics

The first functional safety session recording is available to IEEE PSES members now, so you can still catch up before the next seminar. Grab the syllabus here:

[mdocs single-file=”ABSTRACT-IEEE PSES Functional Safety Introduction.pdf”]

Summary

Topics include:

  • What functional safety is, and why it matters
  • Current functional safety sector standards
  • The functional safety life cycle
  • The linkage between risk assessment and functional safety
  • Key concepts used in ISO 13849, including:
    • Safety Requirement Specification (SRS)
    • Performance Level (PL)
    • Architecture (Categories B, 1, 2, 3, 4)
    • Mean Time to Dangerous Failure (MTTFD)
    • Diagnostic Coverage (DCavg)
    • Common Cause Failures (CCF)
    • Verification and Validation
    • Safety-Related Software Development

Session 1

Session 1 was given on 2019-03-21 and generated record attendance at a PSES VC Meeting. Thanks to everyone who attended that session! During the seminar I discussed:

  • What functional safety is, and why it matters
  • Current functional safety sector standards
  • The functional safety life cycle
  • The linkage between risk assessment and functional safety
    • Safety Requirement Specification
  • Performance Levels

Session 2

In Session 2, coming on Thursday, 2019-04-18 at 12:00 EDT (UTC -4), I will be discussing:

  • A short review of Session 1
  • Key concepts used in ISO 13849, including
    • Figure 5 from the 2015 (3rd) edition
    • Architecture (Categories B, 1, 2, 3, 4)
    • Well-tried safety principles
    • Well-tried components

Session 3

In Session 3, coming on 2019-07-18 at 12:00 EDT (UTC -4), I will be discussing

  • Short review of Sessions 1 & 2
  • Key concepts used in ISO 13849, including
    • Mean Time to Dangerous Failure (MTTFD)
    • Diagnostic Coverage (DCavg)
    • Common Cause Failures (CCF)
    • Verification and Validation
    • Safety-Related Software Development
  • Recommended Further Reading

How to Register

Join me on April 18th  at 12 noon, New York time (EDT, UTC -4), to learn more!  If you have any questions, please reach out to the PSES Virtual Chapter at [email protected].

All IEEE PSES members, come join us.

If you are a Facebook user, you can join the PSES Virtual Chapter Facebook Group to get more information on Chapter activities.

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