April 2001

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HP Automation Safety: A lot of work

I was talking to an engineer from a major petrochemical company today about implementing the new safety standards. The discussion covered ISA 84.01 and the new IEC61511. Both are perfor..

Goble, W., exida LLC

I was talking to an engineer from a major petrochemical company today about implementing the new safety standards. The discussion covered ISA 84.01 and the new IEC61511. Both are performance-based functional safety standards. He was quite sympathetic to the need for the standard but wondered quite openly, why must we do all this work? He talked about all the documentation and calculations that seemed to be required by IEC61511 compared to their current methods. Then he talked about the need to meet not only the general functional safety standards but the specific industry safety standards including API standards and U.S.

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