Functional Safety Overview

Event Start Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Event End Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Event Start Time: 8:00 AM

Event End Time: 5:00 PM

Hours: 16

CEUs: 1.6

Event Cost: $995.00 (Light breakfast items and lunch included at no additional cost.)

Course Modality Options

This course is currently available in-person and online.


This course may be converted to online-only if Covid-19 restrictions and/or other factors prevent in-person instruction or if the majority of attendees prefer online modality.


If you are unable to attend due to hardware and/or internet limitations, you may elect to take this course at McNeese. A classroom complying with social distancing restrictions will be setup with a screen and computer for viewing the presentation and interacting with the instructor.


You will indicate at registration your preferred modality.

About the Course

This course is presented by exida. The IEC 61511 standard is the functional safety standard, specific to the Process Industry sector. The standard introduces a safety lifecycle concept, together with a structured engineering process to ensure functional safety is achieved in a plant. The standard also focuses on probabilistic evaluation of process risk and required risk reduction, if necessary. This training will provide an introduction to the IEC 61511 functional safety standard. The functional safety lifecycle will be discussed from a “big picture” perspective, with subsequently additional detail in the main phases of the lifecycle, Analysis, Realization, and Operation. The training will conclude with functional safety requirements and basic reliability concepts.

Course Outline

Skills You Will Learn:

• Understand the scope and general requirements of IEC 61511

• Understand the impact of introducing IEC 61511 in your organization


Course Topics:

• Introduction to Safety Instrumented Systems

• The Safety Lifecycle - The Big Picture

• Analysis phase • Realization phase

• Operation phase

• Functional safety management

• Terminology & basic reliability concepts


Real World Example:



• SIF Identification

• SIL Target & RRF

• Conceptual Design

• SIL Verification

Recommended Audience

Plant managers and PSM engineers

About the Instructor

Steve Gandy joined exida in 2012 as VP of Global Business Development, from Metso, bringing with him 35 years of experience of industrial controls and safety experience.  Steve was responsible for sales and operations in Asia for Metso, setting up their India subsidiary and China energy and process team.  Steve was also responsible for managing Metso’s VAR partners in the region, as well as developing new markets in Vietnam, Egypt, Indonesia, Ukraine, Tanzania and Guam.  Steve was involved in securing a highly successful and profitable collaboration with BHEL in India, the leading supplier to the India power market, as well as negotiating a JV with one of the leading IPPs in China.


Prior to Metso, Mr. Gandy spent 15 years with Industrial Control Services (now part of Rockwell) in the UK, initially as one of the designers of ICS’ early safety systems (ICS2000, SFD200 and FGS2000) then as GM responsible for setting up ICS Technology to develop the flagship Trusted ICS.  As part of this role, Steve had to present papers at the IEE and Safety System Symposium on risk management.


Mr. Gandy’s earlier career started as a Student Apprentice at Marconi-Elliott in the UK, developing software for the Nimrod communications system.

Refund Policy

Refunds will not be issued for this course after the registration deadline. In the event that you cannot attend, you are welcome to send another person as a replacement at no charge. In addition, you may transfer your registration payment to a future course at no cost as long as you use it within the next 12-month period. For example, if you pay for a course in July that you do not attend, you have until July 31st of the following year to transfer the payment. Furthermore, if the cost of the future course increases, you will be required to pay the difference.


The McNeese State University Institute for Industry-Education Collaboration will always make the best effort to avoid cancelling a course. This course, like any other, can be cancelled for a number of reasons. If the course is cancelled, you will be refunded the full amount. Please be aware of this possibility when making travel and hotel arrangements.


You may register online if you are paying with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or Purchase Order.

  • To register and pay any other way, please contact Amanda Hext, 337.562.4592,

IMPORTANT: You must register and pay by: 1/20/2022 10:59 PM

LAI/MEP Subsidy Eligible

LAI/MEP companies (see list below) can get a discount on this course. Find out how.


Contact Amanda Hext, (337) 562-4592,




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Institute for Industry-Education Collaboration

Box 91834

Lake Charles, LA 70609


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Contact Us
McNeese Contact:
Amanda Hext
(337) 562-4592