September 2000

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HP Automation Safety: Functional safety experts

The job is to cut risk in the HPI. We want to reduce the chances that an incident will hurt someone, pollute the environment or damage equipment and disrupt production. OK, an obvious s..

Goble, W., exida LLC

The job is to cut risk in the HPI. We want to reduce the chances that an incident will hurt someone, pollute the environment or damage equipment and disrupt production. OK, an obvious statement. Now how do we do that? Studies have shown that there are often human errors involved. These can occur at each step in the safety system life cycle: analysis, design, implementation, installation, operation and maintenance. In IEC61508, the international standard for functional safety, there are requirements for "Competence of Persons." The general statement from IEC61508 part 1, Appendix B reads: "All persons involved in any overall,

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