In the post “Functional Safety in 5 Minutes” we have discussed what is functional safety as well as how to interpret that correctly. You may remember from the post, that in order to achieve functional safety for an item it is important to apply relevant risk reduction measures for those hazardous events that have an unacceptable level of risk (which is defined through the risk assessment). In this post we will discuss what types of measures, called “safety measures”, are usually applied to achieve functional safety for various risk levels and what classes of the safety measures do exist.


Regardless of your industry, if you’re an engineer then I’m pretty sure you’ve encountered the term “Functional Safety” at least once in your career. And I bet you thought at that time or maybe still think that functional safety is related to occupational health and safety, electrical safety or something similar. Well, not exactly. In this short post I’ll try to explain with the simplest examples what functional safety is.

If you check any functional safety standard like ISO 26262 or IEC 61508, it will give you about the same definition for functional safety.

Functional safety is an absence of…

Islam Babaev


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