ABB concentrates on safety

The last four years has seen a major investment by ABB, growing their network of Safety Execution Centers to number thirty, located within every region to support the major high hazard industrial sectors. These centers provide ABB customers with in-country dedicated and competent functional safety resources for safety instrumented system (SIS) project execution, design, engineering, modification and maintenance. ABB has more than 700 TÜV, CFSE-certified and ABB technology-certified safety engineers.

ABB claims to have more safety centers than any other supplier in the industry, providing individual third-party accreditation (by either TÜV Rheinland or TÜV SÜD) for each country for Functional Safety Management System (FSMS) delivery, implementation, operations and maintenance. With the strong local business presence provided by ABB, these TÜV-certified Safety Execution Centers provide local assurance and knowledge of local legislation and standards: local clients have a higher degree of confidence in local teams, with better site knowledge than remote ‘experts’, and prefer the local safety certification, in contrast to one overriding global competence certificate.

ABB’s strategy is held up by Heinz Gall representing the Certification Body of TÜV Rheinland for FSMS Certification: “We definitely support the approach of ABB having individual worldwide FSM Certification. We from TÜV Rheinland do not recommend a single ‘global’ FSM certificate for multisite-multi-country certification. Our safety philosophy requires an in-depth judgment of each single location in order to confirm correct understanding and application of expected safety requirements.”

From ABB, both John Walkington and Stuart Nunns say “ABB is committed to providing our customers with the resources, technology and tools they need to help them operate their plants more safely, as well as protect their employees, the environment and the surrounding community. The depth and scope of our regulatory, technical and project execution knowledge provides our customers with the trusted expertise they need to successfully protect the integrity of their process, plant and people.”

E-learning for IEC61508

The ABB Safety Lead Competence Centre, and Engineering Safety Consultants, have partnered to develop an e-learning technical training course on “Failure Mode & Effects Analysis in the context of IEC61508”. This addresses the need for an adequate level of competence to be able to achieve compliance with IEC 61508 and IEC 61511, when applying the many devices now available for use within safety instrumented systems. The course will meet industry needs to ensure engineers receive appropriate training and mentoring for the challenges in compliance with IEC 61508 requirements.

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