An Introduction to IEC 61508

Our introductory course provides delegates with a thorough understanding of the IEC 61508 standard “Functional safety of electrical/ electronic/ programmable electronic safety-related systems”.

As the reliance on Electrical, Electronic and Programmable Electronic Systems (E/E/PESs) for the execution of complex safety functions continues to increase, the need to comply with industry best practice and demonstrate due diligence becomes paramount. Covering IEC 61508 requirements, as well as design implications and key concepts relating to the achievement of functional safety, this course provides a framework for best practice. 

The course provides delegates with an understanding of relationships between all parts of the standard as well as an overview of hazard and risk assessment, including the concept and derivation of safety integrity levels. Key concepts relating to the achievement of functional safety are covered, as are the implications of software and hardware design.


Course trainers

Andy Millar Principal Consultant, RINA Consulting (previously Edif ERA)

Andy has nearly 40 years’ experience in the engineering and development of high reliability and safety critical equipment. Before joining RINA Consulting, he had spent 16 years as an engineering manager, leading the development of numerous safety-critical systems for the offshore oil and rail industries, and he has successfully guided these into service through both the UK and world-wide safety approval regimes. Andy also has wide experience of the maintenance of legacy safety systems, in particular considering the impact of changes due to obsolescence and system upgrades.

Andy is now responsible for providing consultancy services through RINA Consulting to support the industrial sector in the safe development and introduction of systems and solutions.

Dr. William Marsh Lecturer, School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary, University of London

William has been working in the field of software, systems safety and dependability since 1989. His experience has included the development of tools and techniques for static analysis of safe subsets of programming languages.

William has audited a number of safety-related software development projects and carried out research in new techniques. His research interests are in the safety of programmable systems, software risk management and software verification.



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