Machinery Safety 101

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:

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 virtualchapter.PSES@gmail.com.

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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