Independent Protection Layer (IPL) | AIChE

Independent Protection Layer (IPL)

A device, system, or action that is capable of preventing a scenario from proceeding to the undesired consequence without being adversely affected by the initiating event or the action of any other protection layer associated with the scenario.

Note: There are specific functional criteria for protection layers that are designated as "independent."  A protection layer meets the requirements of being an IPL when it is designed and managed to achieve the following seven core attributes: Independent; Functional; Integrity; Reliable; Validated, Maintained and Audited; Access Security; and Management of Change.

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