The Safety Case concept has been around for many years. They have been used in the nuclear and aviation industry for a long time and were introduced to the Oil & Gas and Petrochemical industries as a result of the Cullen Enquiry into the Piper Alpha disaster in 1988. No matter the industry, Safety Cases regimes are designed to help the owner/operator of a facility to show stakeholders that the facility is being managed and operated in such a way that reduces the probability of a major incident and that if a major incident did occur, the effects of that incident will be minimized.
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Leading regulations and standards, such as the Safety Case requirement in Singapore, emphasize that Major Hazard Installation (MHI) operators should take into account all likely risks, and these must surely include those relating to cybersecurity.
The number of cybersecurity-related incidents in industrial control networks has risen in every region in recent years, and there have been well publicized reports of sophisticated malware and threat actors disrupting safety instrumented control systems.
Organizations operating industrial facilities have a responsibility to monitor, detect, and mitigate cybersecurity attacks in order to maintain the safety, integrity and availability of their plant which, if compromised, may have a severe and detrimental impact on society.
The trend to digitization and system inter-connectivity means that operational technology engineering and operating personnel may not realize the full extent of cybersecurity vulnerabilities they face and are thus inadequately prepared to deal with potential attacks.
TÜV Rheinland and SecurityMatters, a global leader in operational technology (OT) network assessment and protection, today announced strategic partnership aimed at helping worldwide Industrial Services clients like manufacturing plant operators, energy and utility companies, transportation and transit system operators to rapidly detect and remediate the increasing cybersecurity threats targeting their operational technology infrastructure.
The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) lays down harmonised rules for the marketing of construction products in the EU. The Regulation provides a common technical language to assess the performance of construction products.
Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has recognized TÜV Rheinland Industrie Service as an authorized provider for in-country inspections of boilers, pressure equipment and mobile cranes being manufactured for import to the island nation. “The achieved „Designated Overseas Agency“ status, is ensures the recognized, quality services manufacturers need to successfully place their products, components on the Japanese market” explains Manuel Diez, Global Business Field Manager of TÜV Rheinland.
The stakes are high in process industry: everything moves fast, in large quantity, and exposed to a wide range of hazards. Cyber Security is now added into the industrial operations risks too, but it has been tough to address it given limited guidance and industry-wide standard.
If you are starting to include Cyber Security in your operations, you check this fundamental guideline for industrial practitioners to help you get off the ground. Once you have a good grip about the subject, and ready to integrate it with Functional Safety, there is a good news for you: The IEC 61511, as presented by Mr. Manuel Diez in a conference recently.
The Robotics industry is growing at a rapid rate, especially as industry demand continues to increase. There are rapid technological advancements leading to faster and less expensive production, new and more precise applications, and job creation. This raises some unique challenges. For example, companies must now consider how to best implement automation for their industrial applications.
The State of North Rhine Westphalia (NRW) in Germany commissioned TÜV Rheinland Werkstoffprüfung GmbH (materials testing department) with the development, production and trial operation of testing equipment used to characterize materials used in flexible power plants . “The new technology enables long-term testing of materials in power plant operation,” said Dr. Ansgar Kranz, authorized officer in the TÜV Rheinland material testing department. “This results in improved calculation models for the prediction of the remaining lifetime of flexible power plants,” summarized Dr. Ansgar Kranz.
When Hellenic Petroleum, Greece’s largest oil processing company, decided to convert its second largest fuel plant to output low-sulfur diesel, independent inspection services were required to ensure components from production through to installation complied with international regulations and requirements. That’s why they turned to TÜV Rheinland.
For the engineering, procurement and construction of a refinery in Antwerp, an international general contractor required a reliable partner to provide technical assessment for the civil works and hazardous classification areas. That is why they turned to TÜV Rheinland.