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EXIDA certifies DETCON DM-700 Toxic Gas Sensor for Functional Safety

exida, the global leader in functional safety certification for the process industries, has certified the Detcon DM-700 Toxic Gas Sensor for functional safety, ensuring that it meets the functional safety requirements for Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 2 capability per IEC 61508: 2010.

“Detcon’s capabilities were confirmed through an extensive certification process that included the completion of a Failure Modes, Effects and Diagnostic Analysis (FMEDA) and evaluation of proven field history for this unit,” says John Yozallinas, exida Evaluating Assessor. “The combination of these assessments demonstrates full compliance with IEC 61508 to the end-user.”

“exida’s technical expertise gave us confidence when choosing them as our certification body,” says Bob Masi, Detcon President. “They have a tough program and completing this certification is a real achievement.”

Foster Wheeler Wins British Safety Council Five Star Occupational Health and Safety Audit Award

Foster Wheeler AG (Nasdaq: FWLT) announced today that Foster Wheeler Energy Limited (FWEL), the UK subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group, has won the prestigious Five Star Occupational Health and Safety Management System Audit Award from the British Safety Council.

The award follows a Five Star Audit, in which the British Safety Council reviewed the overall health and safety management system of FWEL’s operation in Middlesbrough, Teesside, in the north east of England.

The internationally recognized British Safety Council Five Star Audit is a comprehensive, independent and quantified evaluation of an organization’s entire health and safety management system, and is used by organizations world-wide to benchmark their systems against health and safety best practice.

The audit measures performance against key safety management indicators, identifies areas of positive/negative practice and provides a structured approach to continuous improvement, resulting in an overall numerical score of the organization’s performance. In 2013, the audit also increased its focus on safety culture, leadership and employee wellbeing. Organizations are rated from one to five, five being the top rating, to indicate the effectiveness of their health and safety programs. FWEL’s Teesside Office achieved a five-star rating, with a world-class overall audited score of 98.01 percent.

“To achieve this magnificent overall score is testimony to the commitment to world-class health and safety performance demonstrated by our Teesside team, underpinned by a five-star health and safety management system,” said Umberto della Sala, President and Chief Operating Officer of Foster Wheeler AG. “It is clear to me that there is real and continued commitment, not only in Teesside but also across our organization world-wide, to our Realizing Zero health and safety initiative, and to driving continuous improvement of our already world-class health and safety performance.”

New ISA99 cyber security standard defines key requirements for secure industrial control systems

The ISA-62443 series of standards, being developed by the ISA99 committee of the International Society of Automation (ISA) and adopted globally by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), is designed to provide a flexible framework to address and mitigate current and future vulnerabilities in industrial automation and control systems (IACS).

A newly published standard in the series, ISA-62443-3-3-2013, Security for Industrial Automation and Control Systems Part 3-3: System Security Requirements and Security Levels, addresses risks arising from the growing use of business information technology (IT) cyber security solutions to address IACS cyber security in complex and dangerous manufacturing and processing applications.

IACS security goals typically focus on control system availability, plant protection, plant operations, and time-critical system response. IT security goals, in contrast, often focus more on protecting information than physical assets. For this reason, use of IT cyber security solutions to address IACS security must be implemented knowledgably to prevent unintended vulnerabilities that could lead to potentially disastrous health, safety, environmental, financial, and/or reputational impacts in deployed control systems.

The new ISA99 standard addresses this concern with an approach to defining system requirements that is based on a combination of functional requirements and risk assessment, and an awareness of operational issues. The standard provides detailed technical control system requirements associated with seven foundational requirements described in the groundbreaking first ISA99 standard, ISA‑62443‑1‑1 (99.01.01), including defining the requirements for control system capability security levels. Those responsible for IACS cyber security will use these requirements in developing the appropriate control system target security levels for specific assets.

“This standard provides highly relevant and practical direction to asset owners, system integrators and suppliers by describing the major system-level technical requirements for a secure IACS,” stated ISA99 Co-Chair Eric C. Cosman of the Dow Chemical Company. “It serves as a cornerstone in the ISA-62443/IEC 62443 series, complementing other standards including ISA-62443-2-1, which addresses the processes and procedures needed for security.”

The ISA99 committee drew on the input and knowledge of IACS security experts from across the globe in developing the standard. Unlike programs targeted at a single industry, ISA99 is applicable to all industry sectors and critical infrastructure in recognition of the interrelated nature of industrial computer networks in which cyber vulnerabilities exploited in one sector can impact multiple sectors and infrastructure.

“The new standard represents a collaborative effort of experts from multiple industries around the world,” stated the ISA99 task group leader for the project, Jeff Potter of Emerson Process Management. “Our intensive series of revise-and-review cycles has resulted in a rigorously reviewed standard reflecting the best current thinking in control systems security. Our joint work with IEC experts provides users with further assurance that this is a truly global standard that can be used to design, build, operate and regulate with full confidence in its longevity and cross-national applicability.”

Exida certifies ITT- Neo-Dyn® family of Pressure, Temperature, Diffrential, Pressure & Vaccum Switch

exida, the global leader in functional safety certification for the process industries, has issued a functional safety certification per IEC 61508 for the Neo-Dyn® Pressure Switch Series, Temperature Switches Series, Differential Pressure Switches Series, and Low Pressure / Vacuum Switches Series.

The certification ensures that they meet the functional safety requirements for Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3 capable per IEC 61508.

“ITT’s capabilities were confirmed through an extensive certification process that included a Failure Modes, Effects and Diagnostic Analysis (FMEDA),” said Steve Close, exida Evaluating Assessor. “We were impressed by their thorough development process, which demonstrated a solid understanding of how achieve high levels of functional safety.”

“ITT’s Neo-Dyn brand of switches has a long history of meeting customer quality, reliability and safety standards for critical applications,” said Munish Nanda, president of ITT’s Control Technologies business. “While we have always been confident in the integrity of our highly engineered products, SIL 3 capability allows us to provide additional safety verification to customers, especially those with high vibration, rugged, harsh environment applications.”

exida Certifies Moore Industries SSX and SST Modules for Functional Safety

exida, the global leader in functional safety certification for the process industries, has certified Moore Industries’ SSX and SST Safety Series isolator and splitter for functional safety, ensuring that they meet the functional safety requirements for Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 2 capability per IEC 61508:2010.

“Moore Industries continues their commitment to the functional safety market with another certification,” said Dr. William Goble, exida Principal Engineer. “They have published a good FMEDA report and safety manual and have an excellent development process.”

“We are confident using exida as our functional safety certification body as they offer in-depth technical expertise,” said Tina Lockhart, Director of Engineering at Moore Industries-International, Inc. “Their policies regarding change control are tough but practical.”

Moore Industries’ new SSX and SST Safety Series isolators and splitters provide reliable isolation and signal conversion for critical loops in Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS). These units also pass critical HART® data that may be needed by safety logic solvers or other auxiliary monitoring and asset management systems. Part of Moore Industries’ FS FUNCTIONAL SAFETY SERIES, the two-wire (loop powered) SSX and four-wire (line/mains powered) SST joins products from Moore Industries such as the STA Safety Trip Alarm and the SRM Safety Relay Module that have also been developed following the strict IEC 61508:2010 standards for safety-related applications.

More information on Moore Industries’ FS FUNCTIONAL SAFETY SERIES can be found at http://www.miinet.com/safetyseries/.