Code of Practice
Competence for Safety-related Systems Practitioners

Paper: 978 1 78561 111 7 / $99.00
Published: September 2017  

Publisher: The Institution of Engineering and Technology
120 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/5"
This new code of practice is designed to help companies assess and maintain the competence of their engineering staff particularly in safety critical areas and industries. It sets out the competencies expected and evidence required to prove competence in specific tasks and helps organizations create schemes for monitoring and measuring the competencies of its employees. Human error is still recognized as the most frequent cause of problems and the field of safety critical systems /functional safety continues to develop along with the complexity of systems.

The purpose of the code of practice is:

- To help organizations with creating or developing a scheme for assessing the competence of people and teams undertaking safety critical functions
- To demonstrate to clients that an organization has the necessary competence to undertake particular activities and that a recognized competence measurement scheme has been used
- To provide clear levels of expertise and competence required prior to recruiting engineers in safety critical roles. And subsequently for appraising / training those personnel
- To help in implementing an overall competence management system (CMS) for an engineering division or organization
- To comply with regulatory requirements/relevant standards, showing duty of care and compliance to regulations and EU directives (specifically IEC 61508 and HSE requirements)
- To provide evidence of best practice and high levels of competence to any industry regulator and to avoid potential litigation.

Table of Contents:
1. Introduction
2. Competence and Criteria
3. Step 1 - Define Competence
4. Step 2 - Specify Competence
5. Step 3 - Assess Competence
6. Step 4 - Compare Competence
7. Worked Example
ANNEX A Example competence assessment form
ANNEX B Example safety activities and IEC 61508
ANNEX C Example safety activities summary
ANNEX D Example safety competence criteria
ANNEX E References
ANNEX F Glossary, Acronyms and Abbreviations
ANNEX G History and Acknowledgement