This post is authored by Paul Gruhn, president of ISA 2019.

ISA’s mission statement is: Advance technical competence by connecting the automation community to achieve operational excellence. Are you aware of all the resources ISA has at your disposal? Are you taking advantage of them to help both you and your employer be more successful?

Below is a notable sampling of these valuable resources.

ISA standards

ISA is a standards development organization. Standards help you: take advantage of all the lessons learned by others, ease system implementation, increase your safety and security, lower your total costs, and more. ISA members can view ISA produced documents at no charge. Find out more at: https://www.isa.org/standards-and-publications/isa-standards/find-isa-standards-in-numerical-order/

ISA training

Different people learn in different ways. Some prefer to read books. Others prefer to attend courses. ISA offers a variety of courses both online and in person. Find out more at: https://www.isa.org/training-certifications/isa-training/

ISA on YouTube

Find free recorded webinars, event information and much more at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwJIGlkTky1qzRnIc7Yum2A 

ISA video library

Select from more than 100 recorded webinars (free for members!) on many different automation topics at: https://www.isa.org/videos/

ISA division websites

Your Society dues include membership in two ISA technical divisions. There are 16 divisions in all. Have you selected the two that make the most sense for you and your employer? Each division has a web site and email listservs. (Note that some division web sites require you to log in to get full access to their information.) Divisions produce newsletters for their members, along with technical symposia. Find out more at: https://www.isa.org/membership/participate-in-a-technical-division/

ISA bookstore

Standards are not written to teach; books are written to teach. ISA books are written by industry experts, many of whom are members of ISA standards committees, as well as developers of ISA training courses. Find out more at: https://www.isa.org/standards-publications/isa-publications/isa-books/  

ISA leader resources

Are you an ISA volunteer? Do you know what you need to do, and how to do it, to be most effective? Section-, district-, division-, and Society-focused operating documents are available at: https://www.isa.org/members-corner/leader-resources/operating-documents/

Leadership training materials are available at: https://www.isa.org/members-corner/leader-resources/leader-training/

All of these materials exist to help you and your employer be more successful (i.e., safe, secure, efficient, profitable, etc.). Much of the material is free for members, and there are significant member discounts for items that must be purchased. What better reason to join!

About the Author
Paul Gruhn PE, CFSE, and ISA Life Fellow, is a global functional safety consultant with aeSolutions, a process safety, cybersecurity and automation consulting firm. As a globally recognized expert in process safety and safety instrumented systems, Paul has played a pivotal role in developing ISA safety standards, training courses and publications. He serves as a co-chair and long-time member of the ISA84 standard committee (on safety instrumented systems), and continues to develop and teach ISA courses on safety systems. He also developed the first commercial safety system modeling program. Paul has written two ISA textbooks, numerous chapters in other books and dozens of published articles. He is the primary author of the ISA book Safety Instrumented Systems: Design, Analysis, and Justification. He earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Texas, and both a Certified Functional Safety Expert (CFSE) and an ISA84 safety instrumented systems expert.

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