Technology, Society and Risk
There remains a healthy debate among those working in the fun-ctional safety field over issues that appear to be fundamental to the discipline. Coming from an industry that is a relative newcomer to this discipline I look to the more established industries to give a lead. Not only are they in debate about key issues, the approaches taken do not always transfer easily to a mass market product, developed within very tight business constraints. Key issues that are debated include:
What is meant by risk, what is acceptable risk and who does the accepting?
How do we justify that an acceptable risk has been, or will be, achieved?
What role does the development process play?
What is meant by the concept of a Safety Integrity Level?
In this talk I will air some views on these questions based on my experience of deve-loping automotive systems and authoring industry sector guidelines and standards in the hope that this will provoke informed discussion.