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Start here if you are new to safety! The posts featured on this page introduce basic safety topics, such as definitions and fundamental safety concepts.

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.

Good Work Design
Good work design can help us achieve safe outcomes by designing safety …
The Risk Matrix
In this article, I look at The Risk Matrix, a widely used …
Risk: Averse, Adverse, or Appetite?
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Due Diligence and Safety
In this article, I'm looking at Due Diligence and Safety in the …
Hazard Logs and Hazard Tracking Systems
In this blog post and video 'Hazard Logs and Hazard Tracking Systems', …
FAQ on Risk Management
In this FAQ on Risk Management, I will point you to some …

Selected Topics

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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