Recorded Webinar: Functional Safety Compliance Tips for Energy Systems (Free)


Energy Systems (and products with integrated Energy Systems) such as electric vehicles, energy storage systems, self-balancing scooters (hoverboards), and grid-interactive inverters commonly utilize embedded electronics and software. Increasingly, these embedded electronics and software are performing functions that help maintain safe operation of the product (i.e. Functional Safety). With the advances in technology also come concerns regarding if these embedded electronics and software are reliable.

UL evaluates and tests safety-related embedded electronics and software to Functional Safety standards such as UL 991, UL 1998, UL 60730-1 and IEC 61508. These standards contain requirements that help ensure that the embedded electronics and software are appropriately manufactured and designed with respect to the safety functions that are being performed, and that they are not susceptible to failing in a dangerous manner.


Upon completion of this webinar participants will be able to:

  • The “What, Why and How” of Functional Safety
    • What is Functional Safety and why is it important?
    • How does UL assess Functional Safety?
  • Determining if a Functional Safety evaluation is necessary
    • References in product standards to Functional Safety
    • Defining safety functions
  • Hardware requirements (e.g. UL 991)
    • FMEA requirements
    • Environmental Stress tests
  • Software requirements (e.g. UL 1998)
    • Software Development Life Cycle
    • Software Risk Analysis
    • UL software certification process

Target Audience

  • Energy Systems manufacturers
  • Hardware & software engineers
  • System integrators
  • Utilities

About the Instructor

Jason R. Smith
Staff Engineer – Commercial & Industrial Business Unit, UL

Jason R. Smith is a Staff Engineer and the Functional Safety Lead Reviewer for UL’s Commercial & Industrial Business Unit (C&I). Jason has an educational background in Electrical Engineering, specifically embedded systems. Over the past 11 years at UL, Jason has focused on handling and reviewing functional safety and software safety certifications throughout many industries including energy systems, industrial controls, appliances, HVAC, and medical devices. Jason has also made contributions to product and functional safety standards, and conducted seminars, training, and advisory services for functional safety.


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Time Requirement


Pre-Recorded Webinar 60 minutes

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