IEC 61508 Software Safety Training Course Online – Online, October 2022

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Date(s) - 04/10/2022 - 05/10/2022
9:00 am to 5:00 pm


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Course Learning Objectives

By the end of this software safety training course, participants should have an appreciation of:

  • Management of functional safety for software
  • Distinction between software and hardware safety
  • Deriving software safety requirements from the system safety requirements
  • Defining software safety requirements using appropriate hazard identification and risk assessment methods
  • Selection of appropriate software architecture, methods and techniques to meet the allocated SIL requirements
  • Software safety in the context of other related standards such as IEC 61511, EN 50128, Def Stan 00-055, DO-178, ARP4754, CAP 670 and so on
  • Future developments of IEC 61508

Outline Content

  • Introduction to IEC 61508
  • Management of functional safety and functional safety assessment
  • IEC 61508 compliance framework and compliance requirements for software
  • Differences between software and hardware safety requirements
  • Software safety lifecycle in the context of the overall safety lifecycle
  • Software systematic capability and systematic safety integrity
  • Software safety requirements (including differences between system and application software)
  • Software configuration management and traceability
  • Software modification
  • Software verification and validation (V&V)
  • Tool qualification
  • Software safety in the context of other related standards such as IEC 61511, EN 50128, Def Stan 00-055, DO-178, ARP4754, CAP 670 and so on
  • New developments in IEC 61508 on software safety

Full Software Safety Training Course Outline is available here

Course Leader

Dr Fan Ye, GICSP, CFSE, FS Eng (TÜV Rheinland), CEng, MSaRS, MIET
Principal Consultant, Engineering Safety Consultants (ESC) Limited

Dr Fan Ye has worked in safety consultancy in industries including oil and gas, chemical, nuclear power and defence since completing his PhD in 2005. Fan is a Charted Engineer (CEng) by the Engineering Council via IET. He is a GIAC certified Global Industrial Control Security Professional (GICSP). He is a Certified Functional Safety Expert (CFSE) and TÜV Rheinland and Technis certified Functional Safety Engineer. His expertise lies in the areas of hazard identification and risk assessment, safety case development, safety management, system reliability, and ICS Cyber Security.

Fan is a committee member of both the BSI GEL/65/1 and the IEC 61508 Part 3. Fan has extensive knowledge on international safety standards such as IEC 61508, IEC 61511 and UK Defence Standards and Military of Defence (MoD) policy. Fan is familiar with UK’s Health and Safety legislation and the As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP) principle for safety risk management underpinned by cost benefit analysis.

Fan has chaired and facilitated numerous HAZOP and SIL determination (LOPA) studies in the UK and Middle East. He has also led a number of SIL verification studies and Quantitative Risk Assessments (QRAs) for major projects.

All training courses will be held at 9.00am and finish at 5:00pm.


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