System Safety Concepts: What do we mean by safe?

This short (12-minute) presentation on ‘System Safety Concepts: what do we mean by safe?’ unpacks some fundamental ideas, such as ‘what is risk?’, what is a safety requirement?’ and ‘how do we bound safety?’. By deconstructing the meaning of ‘safe’, we learn how to objectively understand the term and hence demonstrate that we have achieved it. Nothing could be simpler, or more important.

It is a free sample that complements the full-length, paid video presentation.

Topics: What do we Mean by Safe?

  • A practical (useful) definition of ‘safe’:
    • What is risk?
    • What is risk reduction?
    • What are safety requirements?
  • Scope:
    • What is the system?
    • What is the application (function)?
    • What is the (operating) environment?

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The full-length video is here. And the transcript is here.

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Snapshot – What is ‘Safe’?

Why we want it, why we need it, and the great opportunities for those who can deliver it!

What is Safe?

Instinctively, we want to protect ourselves and our loved ones from harm.

Our global society demands mass-produced goods, transportation, industrial-scale healthcare and utilities, and an ever-expanding range of leisure pursuits – but delivering all of these things come with risk.  How can we run the complex systems that provide these benefits, while protecting workers and the public from harm?

Increasingly, the answer is through a systematic and disciplined approach throughout the life of these huge enterprises.  This brings a massive opportunity for the individuals and organizations who can understand and deliver such benefits in our complex world.

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