Course Description

This is the first module in the Safety Instrumented Systems Certificate Program. It is 100% Online.

Course Outline

Session 0: Get-to-know-you Session

No instructional material will be given.

Session 1: Introduction

  • What is a Safety Instrumented System (SIS)?
  • Industry Guidelines, Standards, and Regulations related to SIS
  • SIS & Functional Safety
  • Industry Considerations Regarding SIS

Session 2: SIS Design Life-cycle, Part 1

  • Hindsight/Foresight
  • Findings of the UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE)
  • ISA/IEC 61511 Safety Life-Cycle
  • Design Life-Cycle
    • Management
    • Verification
    • Hazards & Risk Analysis
    • Allocation of Safety Functions to Protective Layers
    • Developing the Process Safety Specification
    • Developing the Safety Requirements Specification

Session 3: SIS Design Life-cycle, Part 2

  • Design Life-Cycle
    • SIS Design and Engineering
    • Installation & Commissioning
    • Validation
    • Operations and Maintenance
    • Modifications
    • Decommissioning

Session 4: Project Management

  • Functional Safety Plan
  • Real World Complications
  • Aligning the Functional Safety Plan with Project Execution
  • Key Elements of a functional safety plan

Session 5: Process Control vs Safety Controls

  • Process Control vs Safety Controls Defined
  • Differences between Process Control vs Safety Controls
  • Low demand, high demand, and continuous demand safety functions
  • Separation of Process Control vs Safety Controls
  • Integration of Process Control vs Safety Controls
  • Common Cause and Systematic Failure Modes
  • Diversification
  • Practical Application

Session 6: Protection Layers

  • Protection Layers
  • Independent Protection Layers (IPL)
  • Mitigation Layers
  • Module Review


Applies Towards the Following Certificates


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Section Title
Introduction to SIS (Module I of Safety Instrumented Systems Certificate Program)
Jan 12, 2021 to Feb 23, 2021
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $1,195.00
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