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Functional safety of control systems

The Australian National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority (NOPSA) has recently published the Safey Alert 45 (attached) regarding the functional safety of control systems. This is designed to raise awareness of possible problems with control systems for cranes, diving systems, pipe handling equipment etc, and may be of relevance to IMCA member’s.

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Safety Event

Published: 27 January 2011
Download: IMCA SF 01/11

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