Functional safety training is imperative across every organization, irrespective of the country they are present in.
The objective of the training is to mentor the engineers for functional safety and adhere the techniques and methods in accordance with the standard for the compliance.
This concept is a part of the overall safety system, covering everything from processes to operation of equipment, to finding corrective mechanisms to reduce risks and failures.
Functional safety training helps organizations meet regulatory requirements while operating safely to deliver the requisite results.
Modern machines are a confluence of software and hardware; the software controls various aspects of the hardware and its operation. This means that the software operating systems have also started to fall under the functional safety requirements.
To understand functional safety, there needs to be an understanding of the safety integrity level (SIL), which is generally defined as a relative level of risk-reduction provided by a safety function, or to specify a target level of risk reduction. In other words, SIL is a measurement of performance required for a safety instrumented function (SIF).
The systems covered under functional safety are designed to automatically prevent dangerous failures or to control them when they occur. It helps us to design a system that can execute specific functions correctly, even under non-intended use (or sometimes even misuse).
In fact, manufacturers are now required to identify potential unintended behaviors of the system that could lead to a hazardous event, and perform risk assessments.
The risks associated with the systems are referred to as safety integrity levels for industrial applications, or automotive safety integrity levels (ASIL) for automotive applications.
These help assess the severity of the risk or hazard associated with the system. Each SIL and ASIL have a level; the higher the level, the lower the risk.
Want to know more about functional safety? Tonex offers several Functional Safety courses covering automotive, transportation, medical, defense, aerospace, aviation, space and many industrial end equipment. Participants also learn about development of IEC 61508 and ISO 26262 functional safety applications.
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