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New seminar on important SIL safety standard (IEC 61508) to take place in Toronto

Toronto, ON -- Machinery & Equipment MRO is co-sponsoring a new S.A.F.E. Engineering Inc. seminar, Safety in Indust...


August 20, 2007
By MRO Magazine

Toronto, ON — Machinery & Equipment MRO is co-sponsoring a new S.A.F.E. Engineering Inc. seminar, Safety in Industrial Establishments Today and Tomorrow: IEC 61508 (SIL Standard) — A Road Map for the Future, to take place Thurs. Oct. 25, 2007, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

This comprehensive seminar, covering the SIL safety standard IEC 61508 and its impact on industrial machinery and equipment, takes place at the Schneider Training Institute Theatre, 19 Waterman Ave., Toronto, ON M4B 1Y2. It will be led by Simon Fridlyand, a regular contributor of the Safety File column to MRO Magazine.

The cost of the seminar is $240 per person (plus GST). A continental breakfast is included.



Ontario and Canadian statistics related to casualties and fatalities
Ontario and Canadian regulatory requirements
1.Pre-Start Health and Safety Reviews
2.Issues brought abut by Bill-C45
3.Due Diligence – a method to insure protection against possible criminal charges.
Safety and productivity are two sides of the same coin.
1.The Lean process and safety – creation of standard work
2.The Process begins at the design stage
3.Involves engineering, production and maintenance personnel
4.Designed to look at the life cycle of the equipment
IEC 61508 Standard – The future of safety
1.Introduction – when and why it was created
2.Seven parts
3.Objective of the standard
4.Scope of the standard
5.Concepts behind the standard
What is SIL?
1.The risk assessment framework
2.Tolerable risk criteria
3.Assessing the risk
4.Determining the necessary risk reduction
Life cycle of the equipment – what are the safety issues?
1.Development of the plan
2.Execution of the plan
3.Validation and documentation of changes

Seminar leader Simon Fridlyand has been a professional engineer in Ontario since 1982. He is the president of S.A.F.E. Engineering Inc., a company specializing in Pre-Start Health and Safety Reviews (PSRs), plant audits, machine and robot guarding, process safety issues such as fire and explosion safety, hazardous location classification, fire and building code compliance, fire code audits and health and safety training.

Fridlyand has actively participated in the workings of various standards and code committees such as NFPA, CSA, ULC, ASME, and the Ontario Building Code.

His teaching experience includes courses at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University and many seminars sponsored by the Plant Engineering & Maintenance Association of Canada (PEMAC), Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA), and industry. Fridlyand has also published many articles in industry journals, including MRO Magazine and The Canadian Institute.

For more information, contact S.A.F.E. Engineering at 416-447-9757 or, or visit


To register, copy the message and information below into an note and mail it with your cheque, or e-mail the message to, by Oct. 17, 2007.

Yes, please register me for the Road Map For The Future seminar on Oct. 25, 2007. Cost: $240.00 plus GST ($254.40) per person, payable by cheque to S.A.F.E. Engineering Inc., 2175 Sheppard Ave. E., Suite 250, Toronto, Ont. M2J 1W8.

Please include your name, job title, company name and address, and telephone/fax/e-mail address.