Start Here with the Blog

Start here with the Blog! The posts featured on this page introduce safety basics, such as definitions and fundamental safety concepts. They also discuss related topics.

You can also start here if you know how to do safety in one industry and want to understand how it’s done in another. Similarly, you might be familiar with safety practices in one country but want to know how things are done elsewhere.

The 2022 Digest
This is The 2022 Digest – all the posts from The Safety …
How to do Preliminary Hazard Analysis
In this 45-minute session, The Safety Artisan looks at how to do …
SW Safety Principles Conclusions and References
SW Safety Principles Conclusions and References is the sixth and final blog …
Software Safety Assurance and Standards
This post, Software Safety Assurance and Standards, is the fifth in a …
Software Safety Assurance
Software Safety Assurance is the fourth in a new series of six …
Software Safety Principle 4
Software Safety Principle 4 is the third in a new series of …
Software Safety Principles 2 and 3
Software Safety Principles 2 and 3 is the second in a new …
Principles of Software Safety Assurance
This is the first in a new series of blog posts on …
Proportionality is about committing resources to the Safety Program that are adequate …

Blog: Selected Highlights

Start Here: System Safety Concepts

The Safety Artisan equips you with System Safety Concepts. We look at the basic concepts of safety, risk and hazard in order to understand how to assess and manage them. Exploring these fundamental topics provides the foundations for all other safety topics, but it doesn’t have to be complex. The basics are simple, but they need to be thoroughly understood and practised consistently to achieve success. This video explains the issues and discusses how to achieve that success.

From the Lesson Description

What does ‘Safe’ really mean? Find out Here.

Start Here: System Safety Principles

… I discuss the Principles of System Safety, as set out by the US Federal Aviation Authority in their System Safety Handbook.  Although this was published in 2000, the principles still hold good (mostly) and are worth discussing.  I comment on those topics where modern practice has moved on, and those jurisdictions where the US approach does not sit well.

From the Lesson Description

Start Here: Human Factors

In this 40-minute video, I’m joined by a friend, colleague and Human Factors specialist, Peter Benda. Peter has 23 years of experience in applying Human Factors to large projects in all kinds of domains. In this session we look at some fundamentals: what does Human Factors engineering aim to achieve? Why do it? And what sort of tools and techniques are useful? As this is The Safety Artisan, we also discuss some real-world examples of how Human Factors can contribute to accidents or help to prevent them.

From the Lesson Description

Catch the discussion Here.

Functional Safety

Functional safety is the part of the overall safety of a system or piece of equipment that depends on automatic protection operating correctly in response to its inputs or failure in a predictable manner (fail-safe). The automatic protection system should be designed to properly handle likely human errors, systematic errors, hardware failures and operational/environmental stress.


For a brief introduction to Functional Safety Click Here.

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