Fundamentals of Hazard Analysis
Some products and systems are just dangerous, inherently. Understanding inherent safety-related risks permit a team to design out or mitigate those risks. Hazard analysis is the systematic process identify and control safety risks.
Let’s discuss the basic definition(s) of hazard analysis including the range of industries and standards involved. Plus, let’s review the basic approach to accomplish the analysis.
It should be obvious that understanding safety risks permit your team to deal with those risks in a meaningful manner. The commons mitigation or control approaches include design changes, including fail-safe responses, early warning capability, and training (as last resort, of course).
Like an FMEA, hazard analysis creates a prioritized list of action items. Instead of minimizing failures and the consequence of those failures, hazard analysis focuses on safety-related risks, in particular, those risk that designed into the system or product (inherent). This includes foreseeable misuse and abuse of the system.
Conducting a hazard analysis may not the primary role of a reliability engineer, yet the advent of failures of safety-related consequences certainly is part of reliability. Working closely with your entire team, including those focused on safety can provide additional means to improve the right reliability performance and keep customers safe.
This Accendo Reliability webinar originally broadcast on 13 Feb 2018.
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