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Safety Instrumented Functions (SIFs)

Topic Safety

CPD Hours 4

Price IChemE member £240 + VAT, non-member £288 + VAT

Overview

Live course – starts on 1 December 2020.

Many facilities use Safety Instrumented Functions (SIFs) to reduce the likelihood of a hazardous event and maintain the As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP) status. SIFs are generally designed and operated in conformance with IEC 61508/ IEC 61511. The codes address SIF design, selection and ongoing management in terms of a life cycle.

This modular online course aims to provide delegates with an understanding of the implementation of the Safety Instrumented Functions (SIF) life cycle.

Training will be delivered via two live modules (approximately 2 hours in length each). 

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will understand:

  • the principles of the SIF life cycle
  • how to determine the Safety Integrity Level (SIL) rating for a SIF, using both risk graphs and LOPA
  • how the SIL is verified
  • the ongoing management of SIFs, through operation maintenance, modification and decommissioning.

Who will benefit

Anyone who would like to develop a broad understanding of SIFs and how they are managed, especially technical / process safety specialists.

Course outline

  • SIF life cycle phase 1
  • SIF life cycle phase 2
  • Introduction to HAZOP and LOPA
  • SIF life cycle phases 3 and 4 
  • SIF life cycle phases 5-11
  • Pitfalls 

Module dates and times

Module 1

Tuesday 1 December, 10:00–12:00 GMT.

Module 2

Thursday 3 December, 10:00–12:00 GMT.

Not available then? Register your interest in future dates.

Fees

  • IChemE member: £240 + VAT
  • Non-member: £288 + VAT

Discounts

Discounts are available to companies booking more than one place:

  • 2 places – 10% discount
  • 3 places –15% discount
  • 4 or more places – 20% discount.

Bookings must be made at the same time to receive the discount.

Delivery

Modules will be delivered via Microsoft Teams. If you don't already have this installed, you can join as a guest in order to access the training. We'll share information about how to do this after you've registered.

In-company training

This can also be delivered as a virtual in-company course. Contact us for more details.

Nigel Bowker

Trainer

Nigel Bowker

BSc(Eng), ACGI, MBA, C Eng, FIChemE

After graduating from Imperial College in 1976 with a degree in chemical engineering, Nigel worked as a process engineer for two firms of design contractors (Stone and Webster and Davy Powergas) and later worked for Shell Expro.

In 1986, he joined BP where he worked for the next 22 years. His career with BP included exploration and field development, production operations offshore (in Forties) and onshore (in the Forties Pipeline System), internal audit and health, safety and environment. His final role was as HS&E Manager in supply chain management for the North Sea.

After taking early retirement from BP, Nigel set up his own consultancy. He has provided a range of services to clients including process engineering, audit, process safety and occupational safety. He now specializes in chairing HAZIDs and HAZOPs and is an accredited HAZOP chairman with BP.

Nigel is a fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and is a former chairman of the IChemE’s Aberdeen Member Group.

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