Guidelines for Safe and Reliable Instrumented Protective Systems

Angela Summers, recent inductee into the Process Automation Hall of Fame, sent me a copy of her new book  Guidelines for Safe and Reliable Instrumented Protective Systems, which you can buy on Summers' book She's the principal author, ably assisted by a committee that reads like the Who's Who of Safety Instrumented Systems:
  • Dave Deibert, Chair; Air Products and Chemicals Inc.
  • Arthur Schwartz; Bayer (retired)
  • Doug Cates; Celanese
  • Bob Roubion; Degussa
  • Greg Schultz; The Dow Chemical Company
  • Helmut Bezecny; also from Dow
  • Richard Dunn; Dupont
  • Jan Windhorst; Novachem
  • Dallas Green; Rohm and Haas
  • Randy Freeman; Safety and Property Protection Consulting, and
  • Adrian L. Sepeda; Center for Chemical Process Safety liason
So what's good about this book? As you can see if you go look at the Table of Contents, the book is incredibly detailed and carries you from "I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' no babies, Miss Scarlet!" to being able to think you might pass the FSE exam to become a Functional Safety Engineer/Expert. "The target users of this book," it says in the Introduction, "are the various disciplines responsible for safe and reliable operation in the process industry." This book is designed to mimic project design, from investigation to analysis, to implementation and commissioning. Just the list of acronyms is worth the price of the book.