Code of Practice: Competence for Safety Related Systems Practitioners

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  • Year: 2016

  • Format: Paperback

  • Product Code: PSAC001P

  • ISBN: 978-1-78561-111-7

  • Pagination: c.100

  • Stock Status: In stock

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This new code of practice is designed to help companies assess and maintain the competence of their engineering staff particularly in safety critical areas and industries. It sets out the competencies expected and evidence required to prove competence in specific tasks and helps organisations create schemes for monitoring and measuring the competencies of its employees. Human error is still recognised as the most frequent cause of problems and the field of safety critical systems /functional safety continues to develop along with the complexity of systems. 

The purpose of the code of practice is:

  • To help organisations with creating or developing a scheme for assessing the competence of people and teams undertaking safety critical functions
  • To demonstrate to clients that an organisation has the necessary competence to undertake particular activities and that a recognised competence measurement scheme has been used
  • To provide clear levels of expertise and competence required prior to recruiting engineers in safety critical roles. And subsequently for appraising / training those personnel
  • To help in implementing an overall competence management system (CMS) for an engineering division or organisation
  • To comply with regulatory requirements/relevant standards, showing duty of care and compliance to regulations and EU directives (specifically IEC 61508 and HSE requirements)
  • To provide evidence of best practice and high levels of competence to any industry regulator and to avoid potential litigation

About the Author:

Dr Carl Sandom, the lead technical author, is the Director of iSys Integrity Limited; a UK-based independent safety consultancy operating worldwide and specializing in safe systems acquisition, development and certification within the Aerospace and Defence domains. Carl is a member of the British Standards Institute committee contributing to IEC 61508 development, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a registered Member of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors.  Carl has published and presented numerous peer-reviewed papers and articles on the subject of Systems Safety.

In addition the code has a working group comprising :

  • Ron Bell,Engineering Safety Consultants Ltd
  • John Canning,Virkonnen Ltd
  • Rhys David, Safety Assurance Services Ltd
  • Paul Mayo, SQEP Ltd
  • Anil Sood, Health and Safety Executive

Book readership

The market for these guidelines will be within any industry where safety critical systems are in use including Energy, Transport, Defence, Aerospace and Healthcare. It is written for all those responsible for safety and competency in any organisation including, most notably, the functional safety manager or a safety engineer, chief engineers, senior safety and HR personnel and operational managers. The secondary market will be from other Institutes / trade associations, relevant government organisations, Universities and consultants. 

Book contents

Outline table of contents:

  • 1. Introduction              
  • 2. Competence and Criteria     
  • 3. Step 1 - Define Competence   
  • 4. Step 2 - Specify Competence
  • 5. Step 3 - Assess Competence 
  • 6. Step 4 - Compare Competence            
  • 7. Worked Example                   
  • ANNEX A Example competence assessment form
  • ANNEX B Example safety activities and IEC 61508
  • ANNEX C Example safety activities summary
  • ANNEX D Example safety competence criteria
  • ANNEX E References
  • ANNEX F Glossary, Acronyms and Abbreviations
  • ANNEX G History and Acknowledgements


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