Advice on Safety Regulations and Standards for end users and OEMs

New safety standards are constantly being introduced or revised to take account of developments and changes in technology.

An example of this change is the introduction of BSEN/ ISO 13849-1 "Safety of machinery. Safety-related parts of control systems. General principles for design to replace BS EN954-1". Also the introduction of BSEN/IEC 62061 "Safety of machinery - Functional safety of safety-related electrical, electronic and programmable electronic control systems".

BSEN 62061 is now a Harmonised European Standard and specifies the requirements and makes recommendations for the design, integration and validation of safety related electrical, electronic and programmable electronic control systems for machines.

BS EN 62061/13849 represents a significant change for those companies that are used to working with BS EN 954-1 (Safety of machinery, Safety related parts of control systems, General principles for design), which is far simpler both to understand and implement. The new standards place a greater emphasis on quantitative risk assessment leading to the assignment of a safe integrity or performance level that must be verified and validated throughout the design, installation, commissioning and operation of the machine safety control system.

ISS Safety can provide support on compliance with 62061 and 13849 including risk assessments, SIL/PL assignment to safety related control systems, design of complaint control systems, system installation and commissioning, system validation and documentation.