Recently a client contacted Bluefield for assistance with functional safety management. The brief included the organisational challenges to manage functional safety cost. The customer was concerned about the value of the current functional safety management practice and the high cost that made this less sustainable. Bluefield deployed a TUV-certified functional safety engineer to investigate the case.
The investigation identified that all functional safety related work is project-based. This means that the functional safety requirement, planning, and realisation work is all done by a small project team as part of larger capital projects. This causes the following problems:
Bluefield developed and proposed a set of solutions to the customer to optimise the process. The solution included a staged approach of developing organisational guidance for functional safety management.
Phase 1: Functional safety management plan
A set of tools and templates was developed to accompany the functional safety management plan
Phase 2: Implementation of functional safety management
This phase of the project included the introduction of the management plan, tool sand templates to the business users.