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Safety Critical Systems Course (SCS)

Managing systems, hardware, software and human factors safely

5 - 7 June 2019 | Wyboston Lakes, Bedfordshire

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About the event

Back by popular demand, the IET’s 27th Safety Critical Systems Course will take place on 5 - 7 June 2019 at Wyboston Lakes | Training Centre, Bedfordshire, UK.

Delegates attending this course will learn how to interpret and apply IEC 61508 through tutorials, practical exercises and discussions, all are delivered by a host of safety critical system experts from industry and academia.

Themes for the course include an introduction to IEC 61508, risk concepts and IEC 61508 standards, hardware architectures and safety assurance and software safety.

Delegates will be presented with topical case studies and offered best practices in improving the performance of safety-related systems.

Who should attend

The course is aimed at those who have responsibilities for safety critical systems within the scope of IEC 61511. In particular:

  • Plant managers of process plants who have responsibility for the management of functional safety involving safety instrumented systems
  • Control and instrumentation engineers, chemical engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers who have a responsibility or are expected to participate in SIL determination exercises, specification, design, operation and maintenance of plants employing safety instrumented systems
  • Systems integrators of safety-related systems conforming to IEC 61508 but also safety-related systems conforming to standards based on IEC 61508 such as IEC 61511 and IEC 62061

Benefits of attending

  • Analyse the requirements of the European safety standard IEC 61508, and the UK defence standards 00-55 and 00-56 and obtain explanation in terms of the program requirements for better compliance
  • Learn architectural design of safety critical systems and the factors that lead to specific architectural decisions that would help you master also such areas as reliability, maintainability and system support
  • Understand organisational aspects of safety critical systems while studying projects related to various human cognitive and social considerations in order to prevent errors and failures in systems development
  • Test your newly acquired knowledge through analysing cross-industry case study material and practical exercises in hazard identification and analysis that would prepare you managing systems, hardware, software and human factors issues more efficiently

International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)

Delegates who are responsible for implementing safety and security systems in their organisations within IEC 61508 and 61511 standard would benefit from purchasing PDF version of the entire set of standards.

IEC 61508 will cover functional safety of electrical/ electronic/programmable electronic safety related systems and would be required for chief engineers, senior safety and HR personnel, operational managers, security engineers, safety engineers and consultants etc. Delegates can purchase this from Webstore.

Delegates who attended in the past

  • Control and Instrumentation Engineers
  • Electrical Design Engineers
  • Electrical and Control Engineering Surveyors
  • Safety SILs Engineers
  • Loss Prevention Consultants
  • RF and Microwave Systems Engineers
  • Safety Consultants
  • Senior System Engineers
  • Specialist Inspectors / Safety Assessors
  • Nuclear Safety Engineers
  • Electrical Design Engineers
  • C and I Engineers
  • Lead Control and Instrumentation Engineers
  • Senior Hardware Engineers

There will be 20 sessions at SCS course, featuring leading industry experts from all around the UK.

Course day modules will cover:

  • Introduction to IEC 61508, risk and sils
  • Management, design, assessment and maintenance
  • Software safety and cyber security


Chairman and course leader:

  • Ron Bell, Director, Engineering Safety Consultants Ltd

Other speakers include:

  • Martin Goose, ChemEnvoy, Institution of Chemical Engineers
  • Dr Fan Ye, Principal Consultant, Engineering Safety Consultants Ltd
  • Rhys David, Safety Assurance Services Ltd
  • David Green, Associate Director, Engineering Safety Consultants Ltd
  • Ron Pierce, Functional Safety Consultant, Hitachi Information Control Systems Europe Ltd

What people say about SCS Course

"The course provided an excellent overview of the required standards"
"The course provided me with a very valuable introduction to safety critical systems"
"The course provided an opportunity to refresh my knowledge of IEC 61508 and its application"
"I enjoyed the course and it met my expectations"
"Good course; good information"
"Overall the course was beneficial to me and well organised"


Member non-residential - £1,299
Member residential - £1,599
Non-member non-residential - £1,999
Non-member residential - £1,699