August 2001

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HP Automation Safety: Getting your functional safety program started

Several operating companies know about relatively new functional safety standards like ANSI/ISA 84.01 and IEC61508. Many are convinced that the economic benefits of safety life cycle implementation ar..

Goble, W., exida LLC

Several operating companies know about relatively new functional safety standards like ANSI/ISA 84.01 and IEC61508. Many are convinced that the economic benefits of safety life cycle implementation are real. Some know that regulatory agencies recognize, even enforce, these standards. Many know that they may face problems if they do not meet at least the intent of the standards. However, even with the regulatory pressure and economic justification, their procedures and methods are not finished. They know it needs to be done but just can't seem to get it done. Other priorities. I have talked to a number of engineers around the world with this same problem. They want to get the job done, but

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