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Machinery Series - Designing & Specifying Safety Related Control Systems

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16 January 2020

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12 March 2020

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Control systems for machinery, whether electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic or combinations there-of, are often required to perform safety-related functions. There are regulatory requirements for these control systems and established approaches for dealing with their design, which are laid out in European Standards. This course will help delegates understand how to specify and design safety related control circuits which comply with the requirements of both the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 (Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC) and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations. It explains how these, and other regulations and standards are applied to real-life situations, through the use of examples of how to and how not to do it. The course provides methods and templates developed at HSL to help engineers comply with the relevant requirements effectively and efficiently.  The course concentrates mainly on the approach laid down in EN ISO 13849-1:2008, but also gives objective advice on the relevance of other standards such as EN ISO 13840-2: 2012, EN 62061:2015, and other Safety of Machinery standards, such as EN ISO 14119: 2013 on interlocking devices.

The course will also explain the changes in the recently updated standard EN ISO 13849-1: 2015.

Course includes

  • Relevant standards including EN ISO 13849-1:2006 & 2015, and EN 62061:2015, EN ISO 14119: 2013
  • Safety integrity levels, performance levels, categories, what they are what they aren't and the difference between them
  • Circuit designCPD Logo
  • Demonstration of interlocking and other safety devices
  • Potential user interference and misuse of safety devices

Who should attend?

Electrical, control and project engineers, whether they be original equipment manufacturers or users involved in specifying control systems on customized machinery / assemblies or significantly modifying control systems on existing machinery / assemblies.


The course will be run at the HSL laboratory in the spa town of Buxton. Buxton is in the heart of the Peak District and has good links to mainline train stations and Manchester International Airport.

Details of hotels in the Buxton area can be found at


The cost of the course is £515 per person (includes course notes, lunch and refreshments).

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Please note that all courses must be paid for via credit card at the time of booking.

For further dates and additional information email: or contact the Training and Events Team at HSE directly on +44 (0)203 028 3704.

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Harpur Hill
Buxton, Derbyshire
SK17 9JN

T: +44 (0)1298 218806