IDC Events - Technical Conferences and Workshops

Presented at the 6th Safety Control Systems Conference by Mirek Generowicz, Engineering Manager, I&E Systems Pty Ltd.


The functional safety standard IEC 61511 provides a framework for managing instrumented safety systems in the process sector.  The overall objective is to ensure that the systems reliably deliver sufficient risk reduction to reduce risk to acceptable levels.

The standard was first developed in the USA and originally released in 1996 as ISA S84.  It was adopted by the IEC as an international standard and released in the form IEC 61511 in 2003.  At the same time the ISA version was revised and reissued as ANSI/ISA-84.00.01-2004.  The ISA and IEC versions are virtually identical.  The Australian version AS IEC 61511 is also identical.
With almost 20 years of experience since the original ISA S84, a new edition of IEC 61511 has now been prepared.  Part 1 of the new edition was released in February 2016. Parts 2 and 3 will follow shortly.

This paper outlines:

  • A brief history of the standard
  • An overview of how the standard works to achieve reliable risk reduction
  • The changes that are likely to be adopted
  • Why those changes are necessary

On June 7th & 8th 2017 IDC Technologies hosted the HAZCHEM Conference in Perth, Western Australia. The event covered chemical safety management and how to comply with the Globally Harmonised System (GHS). 

The aim of this conference was to update everyone who comes in contact with hazardous chemicals on GHS implementation in WA. The event explored the variety of updates required and pre-empted the issues the introduction of the GHS would have on local businesses and industry. The event also aimed to ensure that delegates were aware of how to stay legally compliant with Australian and international laws and regulations.

The conference was made up of nine presentations, including two half day workshops from keynote speakers, Craig Watt, General Manager of Chem-Safe Australia; and Vince Pacecca, Chief Scientific Officer at ChemAlert & Risk Management Technologies

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