The safety case and its associated reports are quickly becoming not only a mechanism for achieving safety goals, but also a valuable decision-support asset, and a vital industrial liability management tool. Recent developments in industry have led to safety cases being frequently required as contractual deliverables as part of large and complex commercial programmes. A safety case consists of a rational argument and detailed evidence to justify and demonstrate that a system or product is tolerably safe in its use, and that it has a management programme to ensure that this remains so. The safety case report is the snap-shot presentation of the arguments and evidence demonstrating the contemporary safety performance of the system and the programme that is in place. This book, written from personal experience and reference, provides a concentrated source document for assessing and constructing safety cases and safety case reports - from understanding their purposes, through their development and on to their presentation.
Richard Maguire is Director of an engineering consultancy working in complex system assurance. He started his career designing and testing in the automotive industry before progressing onto computational fluid and stress analysis in the oil and gas sector. He then worked for the UK government in the defence industry, before finally branching out into the free market. He is a Chartered Engineer and is a member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, The Engineering Council and The Safety and Reliability Society.
'By setting safety technology in the context of the safety case, the author takes a modern perspective and offers practitioners a useful read.' Felix Redmill, Safety Consultant and Co-ordinator of the Safety-Critical Systems Club 'Importantly, this book has been written from personal experience, significant academic and practical qualifacations, and careful reference to proven facts. It deserves careful reading and further study.' RoSPA The Occupational Safety & Health Journal, May 2007 'Beyond the directly concerned target group of professionals dealing with safety issues, Richard Maguire presents a clear introduction and guidelines to anyone new to the subject. ' Human Factors & Ergonomics Society Newsletter no2/2007