Safety management

To make a product functionally safe, systematic failures have to be avoided, and systematic and random hardware failures have to be controlled.

IEC 61508 - Functional safety of electric, electronic and programmable electronic safety-related systems


The currently applicable IEC 61508 has been available in the edition 2.0 since 2010 and replaces the IEC 61508 version 1 released in 1998.


The IEC 61508 is termed fundamental standard and originates from the chemical industry. It pursues the basic idea of an "equipment under control" of electric, electronic and programmable electronic systems.  The generally valid standard is also applied in other industries, e.g. in power station development or crane engineering, if no sector-specific standard is available.



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