Use the ISA Safety Series to improve and advance your technical skills!

Expand your knowledge by adding these valuable resources to your library. The ISA Safety Series currently includes six books covering the most important safety topics for today's automation and control systems technician.

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Selected Books:

Performance-based Fire and Gas Systems Engineering Handbook

Austin Bryan, Elizabeth Smith, and Kevin Mitchell
ISA Member: $55
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With the release of the ISA-TR84.00.07 technical report on performance-based design of fire and gas detection systems for process industries, risk-based techniques for detector placement have become prevalent in fire and gas system (FGS) design. While the technical report addresses designing the FGS based on the user's risk profile and performance requirements, it does not provide any guidance on implementing the FGS lifecycle. This handbook provides a thorough overview of the FGS design lifecycle presented in the technical report, with an examination of each phase of the lifecycle and the practical activities required to develop an FGS design. In addition to discussing the design process, this handbook also provides valuable appendices that contain data for FGS system risk analysis, FGS risk grading procedures, and a discussion of the FGS mapping techniques used to verify the achievement of the newly defined coverage targets.


Control Systems Safety Evaluation and Reliability, Third Edition

William M. Goble 
ISA Member: $95
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This book is intended to serve a wide variety of users. This updated third edition provides the detailed background necessary to understand how to meet important new safety regulations and reliability engineering topics. Professional control system designers will learn to properly evaluate control system components, various system architectures, how to better communicate with vendors, and how to increase accuracy of life-cycle cost estimates.

The book is also an excellent text for college courses due to its detailed explanations, practical presentation, and discussion of the difference between theory and real-world application. It provides a basic foundation of material, including probability, statistics, reliability theory definitions, and basic reliability modeling techniques, as well as advanced topics relevant to safety instrumented and control systems. Each chapter contains exercises to assist the reader in applying the theories presented with their practical implementation.


Safety Instrumented Systems Verification - Practical Probabilistic Calculations

William M. Goble and Harry Cheddie 
ISA Member: $85
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This book clearly explains how to do probabilistic calculations to accomplish SIL verification for safety systems. Starting with a description of the safety life cycle, the authors show where and how SIL verification fits into the key activities from conceptual design through commissioning. The book not only explains the theory and methods for doing the calculations, the authors also provide many examples from the chemical, petrochemical, power and oil & gas industries. Through numerous examples, the authors make the material understandable, plus the data tables give readers important information needed to do the verification calculations. The authors provide example failure rate data and other important metrics needed for probabilistic calculations. Appendices cover probability, failure modes, diagnostic analysis, fault tree analysis, Markov Models, and system architectures.


Safety Instrumented Systems: Design, Analysis, and Justification 2nd Edition

Paul Gruhn, P.E., CFSE and Harry L. Cheddie, P.Eng., CFSE 
ISA Member: $87
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This revised best-seller is ideal for instrumentation and control system engineers in the process industries who are responsible for designing, installing, and maintaining safety instrumented systems. Engineers, managers, technicians, and sales professionals employed by end users, engineering firms, systems integrators, and consultants can all benefit from the material presented here. Safety Instrumented Systems: Design, Analysis, and Justification, 2nd Edition addresses the increased realization that today's engineering systems-and the computers used to control them-are capable of large-scale destruction. When even a single accident could be disastrous, the luxury of learning from experience no longer exists. This book is a practical how-to text on the analysis, design, application and installation of safety instrumented systems.


Safety Integrity Level Selection -- Systematic Methods Including Layer of Protection Analysis

Edward M. Marszal, P.E., Dr. Eric W. Scharpf, MIPENZ 
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This book describes a systematic method for selecting safety integrity levels for safety instrumented systems (SIS). This method emphasizes accounting for existing layers of protection.

This method ensures that the maximum return on risk reduction investments is achieved. This reference demonstrates the application of quantitative risk analysis techniques and tools to the problem of safety integrity level selection. They distill essential theory into a format that the average control systems engineer can quickly apply. This is not a generic theoretical dissertation, nor a comprehensive treatment of the topic of quantitative risk analysis. It is a focused process for applying simple, yet powerful, tools of quantitative risk analysis specifically to the problem of selecting safety integrity levels for safety instrumented systems.

Congratulations to Ed Marszal and Eric Scharpf for receiving the Thomas G. Fisher Award of Excellence for a Standards-Based Book Publication for their book Safety Integrity Level Selection: Systematic Methods Including Layer of Protection Analysis!


Safety Profiles for Real-Time Ethernet-Based Industrial Automation Networks

Alberto Elia, Luca Ferrarini, and Carlo Veber 
ISA Member: $55
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Part of the ISA/O3neida series, this book discusses network systems in industrial automation and their features related to real-time and functional safety requirements. The basics of standard Ethernet are introduced, specifying the Open System Interconnection (OSI) reference model layers and identifying Ethernet's drawbacks. Clarification on the requirements and the solutions adopted by the presented communication protocols is also addressed. Real-time capability is defined with regard to communication within safety-related systems, underlying the strict correlation between time performances and external requirements. Finally, the specifications of the safety profiles of five communication protocols (namely PROFIsafe, Ethernet Powerlink Safety, SERCOS III Safety, EtherCAT Safety, and Ethernet/IP Safety) are investigated.