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Contact: Jennifer Infantino
ISA-SP84 Calls Meeting to Continue Industry-Leading Safety Standards Development
Research Triangle Park, NC (20 March 2006) - ISA's SP84 committee, Programmable Electronic Systems for Use in Safety Applications, will hold a major meeting 25-26 April in Orlando, Florida. The sessions will continue ISA's industry-leading standards development work. The meeting will build on several recent achievements by ISA-SP84 that have provided significant advances in safety across the process industries.
Most notable was the publication in late 2004 of ANSI/ISA-84.00.01-2004 Parts 1-3 (IEC 61511 Modified), "Functional Safety: Safety Instrumented Systems for the Process Industry Sector." In November 2005, following a detailed review of the three-part series, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officially notified ISA that the standards may be used in seeking compliance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.119 regulations. The regulations pertain to the prevention and mitigation of accidents involving highly hazardous chemicals. This OSHA notification marked a major milestone in promoting safety across the process industries.
ISA-SP84 subsequently completed two major ISA technical reports, published late last year, to illustrate and promote the proper application of the three-part series of standards:
ISA-TR84.00.04-2005 Part 1: Guideline on the Implementation of ANSI/ISA-84.00.01-2004 Parts 1-3 (IEC 61511 Mod)
ISA-TR84.00.04-2005 Part 2: Example Implementation of ANSI/ISA-84.00.01-2004 Parts 1-3 (IEC 61511 Mod)
The ISA-SP84 membership brings together process safety experts from user, supplier, and consulting companies across the process and related industries. The membership is augmented by researchers from key government and academic organizations. The synergy resulting from these diverse interests and areas of expertise has been promoted by a strong leadership structure. The committee has been overseen in recent years by chair William H. Johnson of E.I. DuPont, and past chair Victor Maggioli of Feltronics Corp.
"ISA-SP84 has drawn together an outstanding group of experts to produce a vital series of safety standards and guidelines to help protect workers across the process industries," stated Maggioli. "There is still highly important work to be done. We have several working groups meeting in Orlando to continue key ongoing projects and to plan new activities to continue to advance safety throughout industry."
Among the activities planned for Orlando are working group meetings to further the development of safety and application guidelines pertaining to burner management systems, fire and gas systems, safety fieldbus design considerations, and electromagnetic compatibility issues with safety instrumented systems. Additional working groups will address revisions and updates to existing ISA-SP84 guidelines, and developments within related International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) activities. The IEC is an international standards body for which ISA-SP84 has long provided key technical leadership and expertise.
To help promote understanding and knowledge of safety issues and the vital role that ISA and related industry standards play, the ISA-SP84 committee will also use the Orlando meeting to plan its activities and participation in ISA's major annual conference and exhibit. ISA EXPO will take place at Houston's Reliant Center, 17-19 October (www.isa.org/isaexpo2006).
The ISA-SP84 meeting in Orlando will be held in conjunction with the ISA President's Spring Meeting, which will bring together the governance and technical groups that provide guidance and planning for the world's leading association of automation professionals. For information, visit www.isa.org/psm.
Founded in 1945, ISA (www.isa.org) is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts the largest conference and exhibition for automation professionals in the Western Hemisphere. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).
WBF provides an open forum for the exchange of information related to the management, operation, and automation of manufacturing processes. Created in 1994, members of the non-profit, professional organization include end-users, vendors, consultants and academics. WBF provides organization, management, and structure to facilitate networking among its members and sharing of knowledge and information related to manufacturing processes. WBF documents best practices and guidelines for implementation of standards that apply to batch control and the exchange of batch data, as well as conducting technical conferences and technical training programs. WBF is a founding charter member of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org). More information about WBF is available at www.wbf.org.
OMAC–The Open Modular Architecture Controls Users’ Group (www.omac.org) is an affiliate organization of ISA- The Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society- and works to collectively derive common solutions for both technical and non-technical issues in the development, implementation, and commercialization of open, modular architecture control (OMAC) technologies, and to facilitate the accelerated development and convergence of industry and government developed OMAC technology guidelines to one set that satisfies common use requirements. OMAC has about 500 member representatives from end-user companies, OEM's, and technology providers and integrator companies. OMAC currently operates three Work Groups: Packaging Machinery, Manufacturing Infrastructure, and Machine Tool. OMAC is a founding charter member of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).