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Technical Dinner Meeting
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Carlton Moaibed Hotel, Dammam

The American Society of Safety Engineers - Middle East Chapter (ASSE-MEC) is pleased to announce and invite you 

to the: TECHNICAL DINNER MEETING, Tuesday, May 26, 2015 Carlton Moaibed Hotel, Dammam


The presentation provides an overview of the Safety Lifecycle Concept of IEC 61511 which is the international standard dealing with Safety Instrumented Systems for application in the process sector. The presentation will also provide an introduction to the topic of functional safety with respect to IEC 61508 and its relationship to IEC 61511. A key part of the presentation is to indicate the importance of end user involvement in the early stages of the Safety Lifecycle when the key parameters that underpin the design of the Safety Instrumented System are determined. It is important that end users have a good understanding of the impact these parameters have on the operation and maintenance phase of the Safety Lifecycle. The importance of traceability of the design parameters to the earlier Safety Lifecycle phases will also be emphasised.

Process Safety Management is key to ensure safe operation of sites handling hazardous substances. Adoption of clear measures as the ones listed in OSHA 1910.18 can aid to establish and monitor PSM systems in place. Within the generalist Process Safety areas, Functional Safety plays a fundamental role to ensure efficient application of automated safety critical systems to prevent hazards. IEC61508 and IEC 61511 adopt a structured safety lifecycle which assesses system integrity and defines measures to remove potential systematic issues during the lifecycle, to ensure the system can deliver the required risk reduction. Once applied it is critical to manage those systems to ensure the adequate levels of risk reduction are maintained. Often questions arise on how to differentiate between PSM and FS indicators, and where the focus should be.

This presentation will aim at providing a brief overview of PSM indicators and introduce specific Functional Safety indicators which will support the sustainable application of the requirements in IEC 61511/61508 by addressing areas such as:

  • PSM vs FS KPI’s
  • Leading/lagging – does it matter?
  • Managing equipment vs. managing the lifecycle and competence.



7:00                     Registration

7:30                     First Presentation:

Functional Safety Management over Complete Life-Cycle - Including Maintenance and Operations

                             by Mr. Ron Bell, OBE, BSc, CEng, FIET

8:15                     Break

8:30                     Second Presentation:

Measuring Performance – Process Safety vs. Functional Safety

                             by Mr. Paulo Oliveira

9:15                     Closing Remarks

9:30                     Dinner




Please send your completed registration form via e-mail to for proper registration and confirmation.


Deadline of Registration: May 24th, 2015 (3:00 PM)

NOTE:            Attendance confirmation will be sent via email to the enrollee(s) who submit a completed form.


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