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  • by Ted Stewart, CFSP, exidaCSP
  • Tuesday, November 19, 2013
  • Certification

CFSE Endorsement Program: I Know What It Is, but Why Do I Need It?

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Participation in the endorsement program can provide many benefits to you and/or your company:

  • Professional growth and development
  • Acquire / Demonstrate expertise in specific areas of functional safety
  • Strengthen you resume
  • Make yourself a more valuable safety engineer
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  • by Ted Stewart, CFSP, exidaCSP
  • Tuesday, December 03, 2013
  • Certification

CFSE Endorsement:  Preparation and Achievement

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Passing an endorsement examination demonstrates proven capabilities and subject matter expertise beyond that which is required for the Certified Functional Safety Expert (CFSE) or Certified Functional Safety…

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  • by Ted Stewart, CFSP, exidaCSP
  • Friday, January 30, 2015
  • Certification

CFSE/CFSP: Why and How to Become One

 

As an engineer responsible for critical industrial processes, we face a variety of challenges:

  • coping with new and changing standards
  • increased pressures for process uptime and plant safety
  • a growing list of responsibilities
  • decreased availability of support personnel

This makes…

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China Probes Factory as Death Toll Rises

China Probes Factory as Death Toll Rises

Walking into work last week and seeing this article reassured me why I work at exida.  Incidents, like this recent one at a pesticide plant in eastern China, are why we push every day to help educate people about the importance of functional safety.

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Cyberattacks Succeed Where Humans and Systems Are Weak

Cyberattacks Succeed Where Humans and Systems Are Weak

Have you noticed that over the last several years, cybersecurity seems to be “trending?” 

Companies of all sizes are starting to learn how to prevent, or at least minimize, these attacks. They hire third-party experts and attend trainings to learn more about the human and system weaknesses that are…

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IEC62443 - Learning Cybersecurity (Prevention Techniques)

IEC62443 - Learning Cybersecurity (Prevention Techniques)

Last Saturday, I read an article about hackers who were behind at least two potentially fatal intrusions on oil and gas industrial facilities (Yes I read cyber articles on the weekend wink). Besides the fact that I enjoy learning about cybersecurity on my…

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Personnel Certification Concerns? We are Here to Help.
  • by Ted Stewart, CFSP, exidaCSP
  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019
  • Certification

Personnel Certification Concerns? We are Here to Help.

A few weeks ago, we were asked to help a fellow colleague who received a message regarding their FS Engineer (TÜV Rheinland) certificate :

We are aware, that the validity of your FS Expert (TÜV Rheinland) certificate is expiring this month. Kindly be informed that we have had a…

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  • by Ted Stewart, CFSP, exidaCSP
  • Thursday, April 18, 2013
  • Certification

Setting up for FAILURE

Last week I was part of a conversation that made me really question why people (companies) would set themselves up for failure.  Is it lack of knowledge?  Lack of communication? Or maybe they are simply NEW to the process and don’t know what to expect.

But then I thought…

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Site Safety Index IMPACT on Failure Rates and PFDavg
  • by Ted Stewart, CFSP, exidaCSP
  • Friday, February 19, 2016
  • Certification

Site Safety Index IMPACT on Failure Rates and PFDavg

Performing site audits for numerous customers can be very telling.  All sites have their own unique layout, procedures, documentation, and people.  Did you know that failure rates differ from site to site?  Are you surprised?  According to our recent webinar results, the majority of people aren’t, and in fact…

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The 3rd Party Effect (Part 1)
  • by Ted Stewart, CFSP, exidaCSP
  • Thursday, December 08, 2016
  • Certification

The 3rd Party Effect (Part 1)

Have you even wondered, been involved, or WERE the little kid that didn’t listen to your parents, but always listened to a teacher?  This is called the “Third party effect.”  In business, it is well known that the power of persuasion can be the most effective by a third…

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The True Meaning Behind Those Fancy Letters on a Signature
  • by Ted Stewart, CFSP, exidaCSP
  • Thursday, August 13, 2015
  • Certification

The True Meaning Behind Those Fancy Letters on a Signature

Let me ask you a few questions: Does adding letters after a person’s name make them more important? What did that person go through to achieve those letters? If someone has XYZ after their name and another person also has XYZ after their name, are they equal? Did one…

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WHY are Failures Occurring at a Different Rate from Our Other Site?
  • by Ted Stewart, CFSP, exidaCSP
  • Thursday, January 14, 2016
  • Certification

WHY are Failures Occurring at a Different Rate from Our Other Site?

Site audits have shown many differences in how things are done from site to site. This impacts many variables in a safety instrumented system!

A key metric for process industry designs is called average Probability of Failure on Demand (PFDavg).  After several studies of many field failure and proof…

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  • by Ted Stewart, CFSP, exidaCSP
  • Tuesday, November 12, 2013
  • Certification

You Have Been Endorsed