CFSP: Certified Functional Safety Professional. A personnel competency rating for safety engineers that demonstrates competence in safety lifecycle activities.

DEMAND: A potentially dangerous situation (hazard) caused by initiating event.

FAILURE RATE: The number of failures per unit time for a component or piece of equipment.

FMEDA: Failure Modes Effects and Diagnostics Analysis.  A detailed analysis of the different failure modes and diagnostic capability for a piece of equipment.

FUNCTIONAL SAFETY: Freedom from unacceptable risk achieved through the safety lifecycle.

IEC 61508: The IEC standard covering Functional Safety of electrical/electronic/programmable electronic safety-related systems.

IEC 61511: The IEC standard for use of electrical/electronic/programmable electronic safety-related systems in the process industry.

LOPA: Layer of Protection Analysis. A method of analyzing the likelihood (frequency) of a harmful outcome event based on an initiating event frequency and on the probability of failure of a series of independent protection layers capable of preventing the harmful outcome.

PFDAVG: Probability of Failure on Demand average. The probability that a system will fail dangerously, and not be able to perform its safety function when required.

PHA: Process hazards analysis. The process by which the hazards of a process are identified for all reasonably foreseeable circumstances, determining the sequence of events leading to harm, and estimating the likelihood (frequency) and consequence magnitude of the potential harm.

PTC: Proof test coverage. The percentage of dangerous failures that are detected during a manual proof test.

RISK: A measure of the likelihood (frequency) and consequence (severity) of an adverse effect.

SIF: Safety Instrumented Function. A set of equipment intended to reduce the risk due to a specific hazard (a safety loop).

SIL: Safety Integrity Level. A quantitative target for measuring the level of performance needed for safety function to achieve a tolerable risk for a process hazard.

SIL VERIFICATION: The process of calculating the average probability of failure on demand (or the probability of failure per hour) and architectural constraints for a safety function design to see if it meets the required SIL.

These terms were provided by exida,, a certification and research firm specializing in safety critical/high availability automation systems, control system cybersecurity, and alarm management.