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Safety Critical Systems Course (SCS) 2017

Managing systems, hardware, software and human factors safely

19 - 22 June 2017 | Wyboston Lakes, Bedfordshire, UK

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About the event

IET’s 25th Safety Critical Systems Course took place on 19 - 22 June 2017 at Wyboston Lakes in Bedfordshire and the new editions are planned for June 2018.

Delegates attending this course will learn how to interpret and apply IEC 61508 through tutorials, practical workshops and discussions, all are delivered by a host of safety critical system experts from industry and academia.

Themes for the course include an introduction to IEC 61508, risk concepts & IEC 61508 standards, hardware architectures & safety assurance and software safety.


25th editions included more than 20 sessions at SCS course, featuring leading industry experts from all around the UK.

Course day modules will covered:

  • Introduction to IEC 61508
  • Sils and hardware
  • Management, operations and maintenance
  • Competence and software safety

2017 speakers

Chairman and course leader:

  • Ron Bell, Director, Engineering Safety Consultants Ltd

Other 2017 speakers included:

  • Martin Goose, ChemEnvoy, Institution of Chemical Engineers
  • Bill Black, Blacksafe Consulting Ltd
  • Simon Burwood, Technical Director, Engineering Safety Consultants Ltd
  • Peter Wyman, I&C Lead Engineer, Horizon Nuclear Power
  • John Birch, Chief Engineer, Functional Safety, HORIBA MIRA
  • Rhys David, Safety Assurance Services Ltd
  • David Green, Engineering Manager, Engineering Safety Consultants Ltd
  • Ron Pierce, Independent Functional Safety Consultant

What people say about SSCS Course

"The course provided an excellent overview of the required standards"

"The course provided me with a very valuable introduction to safety critical systems"

"The course provided an opportunity to refresh my knowledge of IEC 61508 and its application"

"I enjoyed the course and it met my expectations"

"Good course; good information"

"Overall the course was beneficial to me and well organised"

What's included in the course registration?

  • Course notes
  • A copy of the 61508 standard on USB
  • Accommodation at Wyboston Lakes*
  • Access to facilities at Wyboston Lakes
  • Meals whilst onsite including the Course Dinner
  • Certificate of attendance (21 CPD points)

*Residential registrations only

This course is supported by the IET Academy

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One date rate - £499