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Which do you need – a Functional Safety Audit, a Functional Safety Assessment or both?

 

Why is it necessary to have a Functional Safety Audit and / or a Functional Safety Assessment?

Following the technical requirements for SIS design from the functional safety standards is not enough to guarantee that process risk will remain adequately managed. We need a functional safety management system (FSM) which would provide a framework for all lifecycle activities. All safety related activities need to be properly planned, competent persons assigned, work as it progresses reviewed and the whole process documented. However, it is common that some of the assumptions or requirements made during the early safety lifecycle phases are not followed through in full during the subsequent safety lifecycle phases.

For sustainability of risk management, any program must be subjected to a well-defined audit and assessment process, otherwise it will lose its effectiveness. Experience highlights that degradation or omissions of various safety management practises is a common theme in several industry incident reports.

These reports frequently include recommendations for implementation or improvement of the auditability of the overall development and operational lifecycle regarding such automated systems. In addition, detecting management system gaps or technical mistakes early in any of the safety lifecycle stages allows the Asset Owner to implement effective remediation recommendations and reduce the impact on cost, schedule and lost production.

 

1. What do we mean by Functional Safety Audit and Functional Safety Assessment? 

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2. When do we need to undertake an FS Audit and an FS Assessment?

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3. How can ABB FSM TA help?

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