PSES Meeting on Functional Safety of Electronics and Software

The meeting was held at UL Corporate Headquarters in Northbrook IL and via Skype. The attendees enjoyed a light dinner and networking until the meeting began. PSES Chicago Chair, Harry Jones conducted the business meeting which was immediately followed by a presentation on functional safety of electronics.

The presenter, Nicholas Alexiades, Business Development Manager at UL earned his MS from the University of Pittsburgh in Electrical & Computer Engineering, and specialized in embedded systems, software and control systems. He is the global technical and business leader for UL-based in Northbrook, IL. He has 15+ years in application and embedded software development, along with systems engineering and cybersecurity. His technical expertise includes UL 1998, UL 991, UL 60730-1, IEC 61508, ISO 13849-1, ISO 26262, and other related standards.

PSES Chair, Harry Jones, conducting the business meeting

PSES Chair, Harry Jones

The meeting attendees, consisting of product safety engineers, commercial and industrial manufacturers, and design engineers enjoyed the very interesting and informative presentation and participated in lively conversation following the presentation well after the meeting was adjourned. The presentation topics included a detailed explanation of what functional safety is, why it’s important as well as why and how it has evolved over the years. There was also a review of the functional safety standards and principals, including hazard and risk assessment, quality management, measures to address random failures and measures to address systematic failures.

List of Functional Safety Standards

Deterministic Standards

Probabilistic Standards

UL 991 Tests for Safety related controls employing Solid-State DevicesIEC 61508 Functional Safety of E/E/PE Systems
UL 1998 Software in Programmable ComponentsIEC 62061 Functional Safety of E/E/PE Systems (for Machinery)
UL/IEC 60730-1 (Annex H) Automatic Electrical ControlsISO 13849-1 Safety-Related Parts of Control Systems (for Machinery)
UL/IEC 60335-1 (Annex R) Household and Similar Electrical AppliancesISO 26262 Road Vehicles - Functional Safety
CSA C22.2 0.8 SafetyFunctions Incorporating Electronic Technology