The e-learning training course is positioned at the awareness/introductory level and is an optional precursor to working through EEMUA Publication 222 - Guide to the application of IEC 61511 (Edition 1) to safety instrumented systems in the UK process industries. On completion of the desktop version, immediate certification is provided for the registered user that launched or purchased the course. 

The content of this course has been approved for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE), a Professional Engineering Institution licensed by the Engineering Council in the UK. Completing this e-learning module, including the test at the end, is equivalent to 30 minutes of CPD.

The course covers:

  • What is a safety system?

  • What are the standards?    

  • Definitions and acronyms.

  • Why have SIFs?    

  • Applying the standards.    

  • The SIL concept.    

  • Escalating cost of SIL.

  • Legal aspects.    

  • Regulator expectations.    

  • Pros and cons.    

  • Demonstrating compliance.    

  • Roles and responsibilities.

  • The SIS safety lifecycle.    

  • Phase 1: Hazard and risk assessment.    

  • Phase 2: Assigning SILs.    

  • Phase 3: Safety Requirements Specification.

  • Phase 4: Design and engineering of the SIS.

  • Phase 5: Installation, commissioning and validation.

  • Phase 6: Operations and maintenance.

People with the following job titles should find this e-learning course relevant: Process Engineer, CE&I Engineer, Maintenance Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Instrument Engineer, Plant Operator, Maintenance Technician, Technician, Project Manager, Operations Manager, Engineering Manager, Maintenance Manager, Plant Manager.

Organisations involved in the following activities should find this module of interest: onshore oil and gas; offshore oil and gas; process operators such as chemicals, petrochemicals, fine chemicals; and other high risk industries, particularly those with facilities regulated under COMAH.

This 30-minute e-learning course is best viewed on a desktop computer that uses the latest version of one of the main web browsers and has a reliable broadband internet connection. A mobile app version for EEMUA Corporate Members, which provides both online and offline options for taking the course, is available for Android and iOS devices. Access details are provided by email on registration for the course.

Note: If you need to save or print your e-learning certificate, please remember to do this whilst you are in the course after the test.  

To take the e-learning training course:

EEMUA Corporate Members - please log-in, click on ‘Register’ and once authenticated click on ‘Launch’ to begin the course.

EEMUA Associates receive a 50% discount on e-learning. Please click on ‘Add to basket' and purchase via the EEMUA shop. Access to the module will remain open for 91 days after payment has been received.

Non-Members - please click on ‘Add to basket' and purchase via the EEMUA shop. Access to the module will remain open for 91 days after payment has been received.

Group bookings for EEMUA's e-learning training courses are possible at discounted rates. Please email us your requirements (including the number of learners and specific courses to be accessed) to and we will provide you with a quote.

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