exida Academy Training

IEC 61508 - An Introduction to Functional Safety

Course Code: FSE 211


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 reviewed, and documentation requirements, project implications, and maintenance/operational implications are explained. Also, checklists and other implementation tools are presented.

Skills You Will Learn:

  • Understand the scope and general requirements of IEC 61508.
  • Understand how to apply the safety lifecycle at a project level.
  • Understand the basic requirements for product development.
  • Understand software language requirements, test requirements and documentation requirements.
  • Understand the concepts of FMEDA and probabilistic hardware analysis.

Course Topics:

  • Background/Definitions
  • Risk Analysis
  • Introduction to IEC 61508 
  • Functional Safety Certification
  • Probability
  • Safety Lifecycle- Bespoke Systems
  • Safety System Failure
  • From Failure Rate to SIL
  • System Reliability Engineering 
  • Redundant Architectures
  • Safety Lifecycle- Products/FVL Systems
  • Functional Safety Management 
  • Safety Requirements Phase
  • Safety Validation Test Planning
  • Safety Architecture Design 
  • Safety Communications- Cybersecurity
  • Hardware Design 
  • Development Tools/Justification
  • Programming Languages
  • Software Detail Design/Implementation
  • Integration Testing 
  • Validation Testing
  • Modification 

Who Should Attend:

  • Control Engineers
  • Safety Engineers
  • Risk Analysts
  • Safety Equipment Development Engineers

Length: 3 Days

The FSP Exam (Functional Safety Development):

The exida Functional Safety Practitioner (FSP) program is a certificate program that provides confirmation that an attendee shows competency by retaining the knowledge presented in this course. The FSP program also provides an analysis of where the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses lie, helping participants judge their competency level if interested in obtaining a certification like the CFSE or CFSP. The exam will be given at the conclusion of the training course, and is optional. Therefore if you wish not to participate, please let your instructor know. The candidate must achieve a minimum of 80% on the exam in order to receive their FSP certificate.

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