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Safety integrity levels… challenges and emerging best practices

10 - 11 December 2014 | 15Hatfields, London, UK

About IET SIL Determination 2014


Industry increasingly relies upon safety systems to maintain and protect operating assets. The concept of Safety Integrity Levels (SIL) is fundamental in ensuring a system satisfactorily performs the required safety functions under all stated conditions, within a defined time period.

Accurately determining the Safety Integrity Level for your system is a topic which generates significant debate within industry across the safety-related community, particularly in relation to standards such as IEC 61508, IEC 61511 and IEC 62061.

Join us for a complete day of cross-industry learning current practices, developments and lessons learned on SIL determination, with a particular focus upon the process industries.

The event will highlight the benefits of certain approaches as well as the pitfalls of others and the effects of inappropriate SIL determinations.


Why attend

  • Meet the minds behind the IEC 61508 safety standard – our Chairman is member of one of the two teams responsible for the development & revision of IEC 61508
  • Understand the concepts and the importance of SIL determination
  • Hear topical case studies and get to know best emerging practices from a range of industry sectors working to deliver functional system safety – aerospace, automotive, defence, energy, transport
  • Attend interactive 10 December workshop on the role of SIL determination in achieving a tolerable risk, laying the foundation for a diverse programme of the seminar the following day
  • A neutral setting to inspire debate into whether the benefits and assurance provided by a particular SIL can be achieved by alternative means



  • Ron Bell OBE, Director, ESC Ltd (Seminar Chairman)
    The importance of SILs in meeting risk targets
  • Simon Burwood, Technical Director, ESC Ltd
    A review of different methods of SIL determination
  • Paul Caseley, DSTL
    Considerations in the application of IEC 61508 for MOD safety critical systems
  • Steve Frost, Principal Inspector: Nuclear Safety, Office for Nuclear Regulation - Civil Nuclear Reactors Programme
  • Mike Nicholas, COMAH Technical Advisor, Environment Agency, UK
    Tolerability of environmental risk - establishment targets and SILs
  • Helen Monkhouse, Global Product Safety Manager, Protean Electric Ltd
    SIL Determination in the automotive sector
  • Ron Pierce, Independent Functional Safety Consultant, JDF Consultancy LLP
    SIL Determination for Air Traffic Control equipment
  • Peter Sheppard, Senior Safety Engineer and Validator, Bombardier Transportation
    SIL determination in the rail sector

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