Safety relays are used for specific applications. These systems utilise packaged control modules that are designed to interface to common safety devices such as e-stops, safety gates, light curtains, and safety mats. Some dedicated relays provide special functions like timing, two-hand control, muting, and presence sensing device initiation.

Since there are many different types of input devices and functions, there are many different types of dedicated safety monitoring relays. Dedicated safety monitoring relays have the ability to provide basic diagnostics in the form of LEDs on their front panels and auxiliary contacts that may be connected to a PLC or indicator lamp. Dedicated safety relays system architectures are typically used in medium to high-risk applications.