WHAT IS A SAFETY INSTRUMENTED SYSTEM?

Traditional safety systems designed for large plants use require a large number of sensor inputs, outputs and safety functions. As the plant expands, it is relatively easy to add a safety function and upgrade grandfathered safety system to a safety instrumented system (SIS). However, a traditional safety system that includes a separate sensor, logic solver, IO, and relay is overkill for remote applications that typically need only a few safety functions.

New hybrid solutions combine the SIL 2 certified sensor, logic solver, IO, and relay in a single self-contained field instrument – reducing design and installation time and total installed cost by a factor approaching 10, depending upon the application.

 

Sensor, Logic Solver & Final Element

INDUSTRY STANDARDS

AANSI/ISA 84.00.01-2004 (IEC 61511) - Functional Safety: Safety Instrumented Systems for the Process Industry Sector standard lists the specifications, design, installation, operation and maintenance required in a SIS. This standard applies to applications in chemical and oil refining, oil and gas production, pulp and paper, and electric power generation facilities. IEC 61511 is intended as a guide for engineers that design safety instrumented sytems.

IEC 61508 - Functional Safety: Safety Related Systems is a standard that certification agencies, such as Exida and TUV, use as a basis of approval for vendor-certified products. These certification agencies analyze the failure rates of products and provide data in the form of FITs (failure in time) in product certification reports, required to calculate Safety Integrity Levels (SILs). Failure rate data is necessary to determine whether a product meets the performance level requirement of the SIF. IEC 61508 is intended as a guide for device manufacturers that design equipment intended for use in safety instrumented systems.

 

GRANDFATHER CLAUSE

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requested a grandfather clause be included in ANSI/ISA 84.00.01-2004 covering safety systems designed prior to the standard's release. The grandfather clause (Part 1, Clause 1Y) states: "for existing SIS designed and constructed in accordance with codes, standards, or practices prior to the issue of this standard, the owner/operator shall determine that the equipment is designed, maintained, inspected, tested and operating in a safe manner."

In order to meet this clause, owner/operators shall demonstrate that they have conducted a hazard and risk analysis (HAZOP), performed a quantitative or qualitative examination identifying the required performance level of each SIF, and prove that all target SILs are achieved. OSHA requires owner/operators of legacy systems to follow best engineering and manufacturing practices.