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Growth of Safety Execution Centers demonstrates global demand for safety solutions

19 August 2014

ABB’s global network of Safety Execution Centers (SEC) has grown significantly over the past four years, expanding from ten to 30 centers located in every region and supporting high hazard industrial sectors.

These centers provide ABB customers with local dedicated and competent functional safety resources for safety instrumented system (SIS) project execution, design, engineering, modification and maintenance. The centers also provide access to local safety standard and technology experts. 

ABB safety centers can provide individual accreditation –either TÜV Rheinland or TÜV SÜD – for each country for Functional Safety Management System (FSMS) delivery, implementation, operations and maintenance.  

Commenting on ABB’s strategy Heinz Gall, representing the Certification Body of TÜV Rheinland for FSMS Certification, said: “We definitely support the approach of ABB having individual worldwide FSM Certification. We, from TÜV Rheinland, do not recommend a single ‘global’ FSM certificate for multisite-multi-country certification.
 
Our safety philosophy requires an in-depth judgment of each single location in order to confirm correct understanding and application of expected safety requirements. As such the motivation for accountability and compliance on safety requirements would be high using the local management/design teams as opposed to reliance on a central management organisation. In addition, single certification or multisite-certification concept could involve sampling and our experience shows this is not adequate for safety. As part of our quality, the audits are based on a wide range of necessary topics for all phases within design and engineering to ensure our clients are effectively applying the said FSM procedures”.

Thomas Huber, product manager for FSM Certification TÜV Rheinland worldwide, said: “The cooperation with regional ABB safety managers and their teams was very effective. Their organisational structures, procedures and competencies have been individually audited on a high quality level. According to our experience this level can only be reached by this individual worldwide FSM Certification Concept.”


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