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IEC 61508 - An Introduction to Functional Safety for Software Developers

Course Code: FSE 212


Course Description:

The IEC 61508 standard for functional safety of electrical /electronic and programmable electronic systems, explains the concepts of safety integrity levels, the safety lifecycle, and many detail requirements needed to ensure functional safety. The standard is comprehensively explained with a focus on topics relevant to those developing software that must be compliant with this standard.

Course Topics:

  • Introduction to IEC 61508
  • Background
  • Definitions
  • Introduction to Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS)
  • The IEC 61508 Safety Lifecycle
  • Lifecycle for Product Development
    • FMEDA Exercise
    • Probability of failure on demand (PFD) Exercise
  • The software safety lifecycle
  • Software Safety Requirements Specification and Traceability
  • Semi-formal methods
  • Software Safety Validation Testing
  • Software Architecture Design
  • Software Detailed Design
  • Software FMEA/HAZOP
    • Software HAZOP Exercise
  • Support tools and programming languages
  • Software coding standards
    • Code Review Exercise
  • Software module testing
    • Module testing exercise
  • Validation Testing
  • Modification Process and Impact Analysis
  • Documentation Requirements
  • Functional Safety Management
  • Software Verification

Target Audience:

  • Reliability Engineer
  • Engineering/Operations Management
  • Other:  Development Engineer, Software Engineer            

Things You Will Learn

  • Gain an understanding of scope and applicability of IEC 61508
  • Understand how end users will apply the standard
  • Gain an understanding of the overall product development process requirements
  • Gain a detailed understanding of the software development process requirements
  • Gain a detailed understanding of software diagnostics required by the standard
  • Be able to adapt an existing software development process to meet the requirements of IEC 61508
  • Be able to develop IEC 61508 compliant software
  • Understand the value of product certification and the steps to achieve it

Duration: 3 Days

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