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Failure Rate Data – Don’t fake it!

Performing a Random Hardware Failures Assessment on a Safety Instrumented Function (SIF) is a key requirement specified in IEC 61508 and IEC 61511 as part of SIL Verification. This requirement ensures that that the SIF meets the required target failure…

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SIL certificate: Does your product really need one?

IEC 61508 certification (including product certification) is not listed as a specific requirement for compliance with the standard, so why do it? The process for equipment or system certification under IEC 61508 is an evidence-based, structured and methodical approach to…

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Top ten tips for an effective HAZOP (part two)

Following my recent blog, Top ten tips for an effective HAZOP (part one), here are my remaining five tips for an Effective HAZOP.   I’ve accrued these tips during my years at Engineering Safety Consultants (ESC) as a HAZOP chair on…

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Opportunities for Functional Safety in Current Economy

New Opportunities for Functional Safety During Low Economic Growth Period The current slow and unstable global economic growth has put huge pressure and challenges on engineering consultants to find new opportunities for Functional Safety. Due to falling oil prices, typical…

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ESC’s Simon Burwood elected to IEC 61511 Maintenance Committee

Engineering Safety Consultants (ESC) Limited is proud to announce that Simon Burwood has been elected to the IEC 61511 Maintenance Committee (MT61511) as a UK expert on Functional Safety.…

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Top ten tips for an effective HAZOP (part one)

HAZOP is a key tool in Process Hazard and Risk Assessment and can also form the basis of any IEC 61508 / IEC 61511 Functional Safety Assessment. A HAZOP workshop, however, can be a costly exercise, so it’s clearly important…

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ESC’s David Green elected to InstMC Safety Panel

Engineering Safety Consultants (ESC) Limited is proud to announce that David Green, Engineering Manager at ESC’s Warrington office, has been been elected to the InstMC Safety Panel (SP). The InstMC Safety Panel The SP is one of a number of…

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Is your Safety Instrumented System being proof-tested correctly?

If asked whether your proof test procedures for your Safety Instrumented Functions (SIF) were “good, bad or ugly”, what would be your response? The “good, bad or ugly” tag line was coined by ESC’s Engineering Manager of their Warrington office,…

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Qatar Seminar – ESC offers complimentary seminar on Proof Testing

ESC Limited has announced that it will run a complimentary seminar on ‘Proof Testing… A key performance indicator for designers and end users of Safety Instrumented Systems’ to be presented by ESC Limited director – Professor Ron Bell OBE BSc(Hons)…

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ESC now offers an extended range of Risk Management Services

ESC is pleased to be able to offer an extended range of Risk Management Services to complement the work we already carry out on your behalf. We now have specialists in the BowTie Analysis of all the Hazards (MAH’s) and…

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