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Safety integrity levels… challenges and emerging best practices

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

IET SIL Determination event returns for its 9th edition revised to ensure the programme continues to meet the evolving needs of the functional safety community.


10 December - Workshops day

The workshop day will set the scene for a diverse programme of the seminar the following day.


The morning interactive workshop, titled "SIL and human involvement", will look at some of the characteristics of humans and nature of human failure, relating aspects of these to the assessment of safety integrity levels (SIL).


The workshop will be led by ABB Consulting experts Alan King and Tony Atkinson.


The afternoon workshop, delivered by Engineering Safety Consultants expert team Ron Bell and Simon Burwood, will set out the key elements that form the foundation for determining what is deemed “safe” in the context of safety-related / safety critical systems to judge “How safe is safe enough?”


Find out more about the workshop day.


11 December - Seminar day

The IET SIL Determination 2014 has drawn together a number of speakers from different sectors with extensive experience of the application of Safety Integrity Levels.


The event will provide an introduction to the concept of a “SIL” and its importance in the design process for a safety-rated system to IEC 61508 or one of the standards within the family of IEC 61508 (e.g. IEC 61511, IEC 62061).


Sufficient time will be allowed for interaction between speakers and delegates both during the individual presentations but also in the panel session at the end of the day. 


Find out more about the seminar day.

  • Ron Bell OBE, Director, ESC Ltd (Seminar Chairman)
  • Simon Burwood, Technical Director, ESC Ltd
  • Paul Caseley, Dstl Fellow, Defence Science and Technologies Laboratory (DSTL)
  • Steve Frost, Principal Inspector: Nuclear Safety, Office for Nuclear Regulation – Civil Nuclear Reactors Programme
  • Helen Monkhouse, Global Product Safety Manager, Protean Electric Ltd
  • Mike Nicholas, COMAH Technical Advisor, Environment Agency, UK
  • Ron Pierce, Principal Consultant, Hitachi Europe Ltd
  • Peter Sheppard, Senior Safety Engineer and Validator, Bombardier Transportation


Find out more about the speakers.

This event will be of interest to engineers and technical managers from organisations that:


  • Are responsible for the management of safety, health and environmental systems
  • Specify the safety requirements and target SIL of E/E/PE safety-related systems
  • Provide safety-related systems designed to meet target SIL and safety requirements
  • Are responsible for maintaining and optimising SIL performance on operational assets
  • Are tasked with reducing SIL levels
  • Are responsible for delivering functional safety of systems across the rail, defence, power, process and automotive industry


Find out about the programme.


This event can count towards CPD requirements. You'll earn up to 12 hours of CPD.

Earn three hours Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by attending each workshop and benefit from 25% discount if you choose to register for both workshops.

You can gain six hours CPD by attending the seminar day.

To keep your CPD records up to date ask in advance for an attendance certificate.

Registration fees

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