Functional Safety and SIL for Operators Training

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  • Length: 2 Days
  • CPD: 16 hours
  • Personal Development Program(s): SILComp
  • Exam: Yes
  • Certification title: Functional Safety Operator
  • Safety passport: Yes
  • Availability: In house

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Course Description

Risknowlogy offers the accredited Functional Safety and SIL for Technicians training course for operators that work with safety instrumented systems. These technicians are involved in the maintenance, proof testing or repairing of SIL related safety equipment. This course trains technicians according to  the requirements of IEC 61511.

The main objective of this course is to give operators the knowledge and competency required to maintain, proof test and repair safety instrumented systems according to the functional safety and SIL requirements of the standard IEC 61511. The second objective is to give the operators attending the course the opportunity to certify their knowledge through an exam.

What you will get

All participants get:

  • The course material
  • eBook on functional safety and SIL
  • Safety Passport

Knowledge Certification

This course comes with an exam and personal knowledge certification.

  • Functional Safety Operator certificate for those that obtain 60% or hire on the exam
  • Functional Safety Operator certificate with distinction for those that obtain 85% or hire on the exam
  • Certificate of Attendance for that that do not pass the exam

Who should attend Functional Safety and SIL for Operators training

Any operator involved in the operation and/or proof testing of SIL rated equipment installed in Safety Instrumented Systems.

Course content

Day 1

  • Introduction to functional safety
    • Functional safet shows up in accidents
    • What is safety?
    • Occupational safety versus process safety
    • Layers of protection
    • Safety instrumented systems
    • SIS and SIFs
    • What is functional safety?
    • Two important functional safety standards
    • How IEC 61511 deals with functional safety
    • Safety integrity level – SIL
    • Safety instrumented functions can fail
    • States of the SIF and Process
    • Safety instrumented system failures
    • Random, common cause and systematic failures
  • Functional safety management:
    • Why manage safety?
    • Objective functional safety management
    • Safety life cycle concept
    • Need for a functional safety manager
    • Competency of operators
    • Verification and validation and the role of opeartors
    • Assessment and audit and the role of operators
    • Assessment and audit stages
    • Audit plan
    • Tools subject to audit
    • Documentation
    • Modifications and the modification procedure
  • Hazard and risk analysis
    • What is a hazard
    • What is a hazardous events
    • What is risk
    • From hazard to hazardous event
    • Causes and consequences
    • What is tolerable risk
    • Techniques including HAZOP and LOPA
    • Risk reduction
    • SIF descriptions
    • Role of operators during hazards and risk analysis
  • Planning
    • Safety requirements specification – SRS
    • Functional safety plan
    • Planning verification
    • Planning SAT
    • Planning assessments and audits
    • Requirements for suppliers
  • Safety Instrumented System – Hardware
    • De-energise or energise to trip
    • Low demand, high demand, continous mode SIFs
    • Target failure measure: PFD, PFH
    • Redundancy, diversity
    • Voting and Hardware Fault Tolerance (HFT)
    • Hardware fault tolerance for safe failures – (HFTs)
    • Type A and Type B equipment
    • Diagnostic testing and proof testing
    • Safety failure fraction
    • Architectural constraints
    • Proven in use / Prior use
    • Exercise for operators

Day 2

  • Hardware reliability – PFD
    • Simplified equations
    • Influence of failure rate on PFD
    • Influence of repair on PFD
    • Influence of proof testing on PFD
  • Safety Instrumented Systems – Software
    • Software locations in an SIS
    • Safet software is needed
    • Operators software activities
    • Typical features of an application program
  • Certification
    • What can be certified
    • Why use certified devices
    • How Operators use certified devices
    • How the safety manual influences operators
    • Certification to prove competence
  • Operation, maintenance and repair (OMR) of SIS
    • OMR procedures
    • OMR plans
    • Inspection
    • Proof testing
    • Bypass
    • Repair
    • Configuration management
    • Training for operators
    • Alarm management
    • OMR documentation
    • Hidden modifications
  • Exercises
    • Applying knowledge to your companies OMR procedures
  • Exam
    • Open book
    • 1 hour

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My safety skill were developed in this course, it is a very good course.
J. Mohan, Bapco, Bahrain
Very useful and informative course. It clearly explains the daily activities and the skills of OMR professionals in relation to SIL and functional safety.
H. Safar, Bapco, Bahrain
This course is useful for understanding daily task. We should receive this course every 3 or 4 years.
A. Redha Hayat, Bapco, Bahrain
Gained good knowledge on SIL and functional safety for may daily job.
R. Al Halwashi, Bapco, Bahrain
The course was well organised and gave me good knowledge.
Sami M.A. Aal, Bapco, Bahrain
Every technician should follow this course to learn about the important aspects of safety functions.
P. Sheth, Bapco, Bahrain


In order to achieve the knowledge certificate associated with this Functional Safety and SIL for Operators training course the applicants need to meet the following criteria:

  1. Fill out the Application Form
  2. Have 3 years of experience in the process industry.
  3. Have 1 references that can confirm the experience
  4. Participate at least one time this training
  5. Pass the associated exam

Every participant in our training courses receives a personal Safety Passport®. Your personal Safety Passport is an online independently verified track record demonstrating you competency. An example of a Safety Passport is given here. Your Safety Passport can hold:

  • Knowledge certificates achieved through training,
  • Role or field based certification achieved through practical experience, and
  • Participation in qualified events

The Safety Passport is free of charge for Risknowlogy clients.

Our personal development training and certification program is compliant with ISO 17024, the standard for people certification. We strive to offer you the best personal training, development and certification program in the world. Where applicable we cooperate with industry organisations like TUV, ISA, IEEE, DIN, to have our courses approved.

Our trainers are:

  • Dr. Michel Houtermans
  • Mandar Phadke
  • Didier Turcinovic
  • Ricardo Vittoni

Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ

Why should I attend?
The functional safety standards (IEC 61511) require that anybody involved in safety lifecycle activities shall be competent to carry out the activates for which they are accountable. Operators play an important role in relation to safety instrumented systems. It is very important for governments and insurance companies that technicians are skilled and knowledgeable and have experience when dealing with safety system
Can I take the exam without following the course?
It is not allowed by the accreditation we have. You have to take the course at least one time.
How long is the certification valid?
The certificate is valid for life. In practice that means as long as there is no new version of the standards.