EUC Engineering is offering a series of five free seminars to outline key requirements of the overall safety lifecycle according to AS 61508 at its offices over the dates 7th August to 4th September 2014.  The presenter will be Dr Harit Jani (FSEng).  The focus on the seminars will be to provide practical advice on the key requirements of the standard and also to demonstrate some features of our machinery safety development system. Places on the seminars are strictly limited (just 10 places per seminar) due to the physical constraints of the hands-on demonstration and registration at our event registration webpage is essential.

Each session will be followed with free refreshments.

The session topics are as follows:



Date and Time

#1 - Functional safety management

Functional safety management plan

Functional safety assessment

Safety lifecycle phase verification

7th Aug 2014, Thursday, 5:30 – 6:30 PM

#2 - Safety integrity level determination

Scope definition

Layer of protection analysis

Safety requirements specification

14th Aug 2014, Thursday, 5:30 – 6:30 PM

#3 - Safety system planning and specification


Safety requirements specification

Other risk reduction measure

21th Aug 2014, Thursday, 5:30 – 6:30 PM

#4 - Safety system implementation and validation 

Safety system engineering

Installation and commissioning

Safety validation

28th Aug 2014, Thursday, 5:30 – 6:30 PM

#5 - Safety system operation and maintenance


Proof testing

Management of change


4th Sep 2014, Thursday,

5:30 – 6:30 PM


For more information contact Mike Dean on +61 (08) 9226 1226.

The Department of Minerals and Petroleum (DMP) invited Mike Dean to present to their annual Registration of Cranes Forum on 22nd July 2014 held in Perth, WA.  The forum was organised by the DMP to give feedback to crane designers, design verifiers, suppliers and end-users on WA minesites on industry compliance to the regulations related to crane registrations. The presentation Mike gave was the same as that provided to Engineers Australia on 19th February 2014 titled "Legal Obligations for OHS Risk Minimisation by Designers and Suppliers of Mining Machinery".  The presentation is available on our website Downloads page for free download.  The key message of the presentation is that the "SFAIRP" (so far as is reasonably practicable) obligations to implement risk reduction measures until there are no further practicable measures left... differs from conventional efforts at safety risk management, which are often focussed entirely upon meeting a corporate risk threshold of sufficiently low risk.

EUC Engineering has been awarded the job to assist in the scoping of a project to relocate the control operator location of a Pilbara iron ore mine from on-site to a remote operations centre in Perth, WA.  The work includes a workshop between key stakeholders for a discussion of the key risk issues and how the project scope needs to be tailored to address those issues.  The workshop is one day in duration.  The risk issues to be addressed include project risks as well as hazards to be addressed in the design and implementation.  Contact Mike Dean on +61 (08) 9226 1226 for more information on this project or if you would like to know more about the area of risk issue identification.

EUC Engineering have been awarded work to assist an engineering company develop a proposed system framework and estimate for preparing an electrical engineering management system framework for a mid-tier iron ore company.  The system is intended to address the lifecycle of a facility including concept development, feasibility, design, procurement, construction, commissioning, operations, maintenance, modification, decommissioning and disposal.  For more information about this project call Mike Dean on +61 (08) 9226 1226.

Mike Dean has presented a paper ("How WHS legislation creates liabilities for risk based engineering decisions - A functional safety perspective") to the RISK2014 conference held by the Risk Engineering Society of Engineers Australia in Brisbane over 28-30th May 2014.  The paper explores the potential gap for engineers when employing explicit tolerable risk thresholds in making engineering design decisions versus the WHS legislative obligations for "So Far As Is Reasonably Practicable" (SFAIRP) efforts at risk reduction.  The paper and presentation can be downloaded for free from our Downloads page.