We know that the performance of safety-related products and systems must be more than just functional – they must be reliable and safe. That’s why CSA Group offers fast and efficient safety and evaluation services, as well as technical guidance, support and training, for functional safety. When an operation failure of a safety-related system could harm people, property or the environment, then functional safety is the undisputed top priority.
Functional safety exists almost everywhere, from commercial and industrial to household settings. This includes everything from burglar alarm systems and clothes dryers to industrial machinery and life-saving medical devices. These systems all share a common and critical thread – they must perform reliably and should be evaluated for compliance with applicable functional safety standards.
Organizations can demonstrate functional safety by showing that their systems’ functionality is dependable enough for the level of risk it controls. With the growing use of electrical, electronic, programmable electronic device (E/E/PE) based control safety functions and electro-mechanical safety related control functions, a functional safety evaluation is required to identify the likelihood of potentially dangerous failures. This also verifies that the required corrective or preventive actions are properly integrated into the equipment’s design plan so that a safety process is maintained and hazards are kept under control.
Functional Safety Services
CSA Group provides functional safety evaluation and certification services for products and systems, company Functional Safety Management (FSM) certification and technical guidance support & training. We utilize the CASS Scheme (Conformity Assessment of Safety-related Systems) to perform our certifications to ensure transparency throughout the process, minimize costs for clients and provide assistance in preparing the necessary technical files.
We offer a wide range of services including:
Functional Safety Standards
With the ongoing adoption of new and more sophisticated control technologies across a wide range of products and systems, product and application standards continue to be enhanced with functional safety requirements. IEC 61508 is the international standard for safety- instrumented systems associated with electrical, electronic and software-based safety-related systems. All of our IEC 61508 functional safety services are UKAS accredited, providing an assurance of rigorous assessment that meet the national board of accreditation requirement for the process industry. Certification to IEC 61508, IEC 61511 and other related safety standards such as IEC 62061, ISO 13849, IEC 61496, EN 12978, EN 16005 is encouraged by regulatory authorities and specified by end-users as a way to help minimize risk and demonstrate best practices against the machine directive 2006/42/EC. Increasingly gas detector devices can be considered as safety devices once they are evaluated in accordance with EN 50271 and EN 50402.