Top 90 Functional safety Criteria for Ready Action

What is involved in Functional safety

Find out what the related areas are that Functional safety connects with, associates with, correlates with or affects, and which require thought, deliberation, analysis, review and discussion. This unique checklist stands out in a sense that it is not per-se designed to give answers, but to engage the reader and lay out a Functional safety thinking-frame.

How far is your company on its Functional safety journey?

Take this short survey to gauge your organization’s progress toward Functional safety leadership. Learn your strongest and weakest areas, and what you can do now to create a strategy that delivers results.

To address the criteria in this checklist for your organization, extensive selected resources are provided for sources of further research and information.

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Below you will find a quick checklist designed to help you think about which Functional safety related domains to cover and 90 essential critical questions to check off in that domain.

The following domains are covered:

Functional safety, Automotive Safety Integrity Level, Automotive industry, Certification, Failure mode, effects, and criticality analysis, Failure mode and effects analysis, Hazard and Operability Study, IEC 61508, ISO 26262, Mean time between failures, Safety, Safety Integrity Level, Spurious Trip Level, System, TÜV SÜD:

Functional safety Critical Criteria:

Set goals for Functional safety adoptions and prioritize challenges of Functional safety.

– Can we add value to the current Functional safety decision-making process (largely qualitative) by incorporating uncertainty modeling (more quantitative)?

– Marketing budgets are tighter, consumers are more skeptical, and social media has changed forever the way we talk about Functional safety. How do we gain traction?

– Have all basic functions of Functional safety been defined?

Automotive Safety Integrity Level Critical Criteria:

Pay attention to Automotive Safety Integrity Level decisions and mentor Automotive Safety Integrity Level customer orientation.

– What tools and technologies are needed for a custom Functional safety project?

– What is our formula for success in Functional safety ?

Automotive industry Critical Criteria:

Deduce Automotive industry decisions and optimize Automotive industry leadership as a key to advancement.

– What vendors make products that address the Functional safety needs?

– Can Management personnel recognize the monetary benefit of Functional safety?

– What are the Essentials of Internal Functional safety Management?

Certification Critical Criteria:

Adapt Certification decisions and find the ideas you already have.

– For any workstation or server entered, have you received a completed hopkins hosted application checklist (see appendix) or equivalent certification or documentation?

– How do codes of ethics, professional organizations, certification, and licensing affect the ethical behavior of professionals?

– Does a supplier having an ISO 9001 or AS9100 certification automatically satisfy this requirement?

– Do not ISO 9000 and CMM certifications loose their meaning when applied to the software industry?

– Highlight policy violations to users during the context of certification campaigns?

– Is Functional safety Realistic, or are you setting yourself up for failure?

– Is the service provider eligible for certification under the scheme?

– What has been done as regards standards and voluntary certification?

– What are the best it certifications for cloud security knowledge?


– Will we be eligible for ISOIEC 20000 certification?

– What is the scope of potential ISO 20000 certification?

– Who needs to know about Functional safety ?

– Will we be eligible for ISO/IEC 20000 certification?

– Will we be able to seek ISOIEC 20000 certification?

– What project management certifications do you hold?

– What is the scope of certification?

– What is our Functional safety Strategy?

– What is ISO certification?

Failure mode, effects, and criticality analysis Critical Criteria:

Design Failure mode, effects, and criticality analysis goals and inform on and uncover unspoken needs and breakthrough Failure mode, effects, and criticality analysis results.

– At what point will vulnerability assessments be performed once Functional safety is put into production (e.g., ongoing Risk Management after implementation)?

– What business benefits will Functional safety goals deliver if achieved?

Failure mode and effects analysis Critical Criteria:

Guard Failure mode and effects analysis management and acquire concise Failure mode and effects analysis education.

– Who is responsible for ensuring appropriate resources (time, people and money) are allocated to Functional safety?

– How do we know that any Functional safety analysis is complete and comprehensive?

– How would one define Functional safety leadership?

Hazard and Operability Study Critical Criteria:

Sort Hazard and Operability Study risks and learn.

– To what extent does management recognize Functional safety as a tool to increase the results?

– Who are the people involved in developing and implementing Functional safety?

IEC 61508 Critical Criteria:

Have a meeting on IEC 61508 tactics and visualize why should people listen to you regarding IEC 61508.

– Are there any disadvantages to implementing Functional safety? There might be some that are less obvious?

– In what ways are Functional safety vendors and us interacting to ensure safe and effective use?

– What are the business goals Functional safety is aiming to achieve?

ISO 26262 Critical Criteria:

Focus on ISO 26262 failures and finalize the present value of growth of ISO 26262.

– Which customers cant participate in our Functional safety domain because they lack skills, wealth, or convenient access to existing solutions?

– What may be the consequences for the performance of an organization if all stakeholders are not consulted regarding Functional safety?

Mean time between failures Critical Criteria:

Judge Mean time between failures outcomes and proactively manage Mean time between failures risks.

– What are the disruptive Functional safety technologies that enable our organization to radically change our business processes?

– When a Functional safety manager recognizes a problem, what options are available?

Safety Critical Criteria:

Look at Safety planning and research ways can we become the Safety company that would put us out of business.

– How do you improve workforce health, safety, and security? What are your performance measures and improvement goals for each of these workforce needs and what are any significant differences in these factors and performance measures or targets for different workplace environments?

– How do you use other indicators, such as workforce retention, absenteeism, grievances, safety, and productivity, to assess and improve workforce engagement?

– What management system can we use to leverage the Functional safety experience, ideas, and concerns of the people closest to the work to be done?

– What will be the consequences to the business (financial, reputation etc) if Functional safety does not go ahead or fails to deliver the objectives?

– Will the change significantly degrade safety or negatively impact adequate protection of workers, the environment, or the public?

– How do you balance the total comprehensive view of security Risk Management that incorporates safety as well as privacy in that?

– How do we ensure that implementations of Functional safety products are done in a way that ensures safety?

– Will our actions, process, program or procedure affect the health, safety and welfare of another?

– Are there any sight distance or physical obstructions that will result in a safety problem?

– What characterizes the work environment in the plants with the best safety records?

– What are the three most important things we need to focus on to improve safety?

– Are facilities and equipment adequately maintained for safety and sanitation?

– Repair, including health/safety/environmental compliance?

– Do you need to address end-user safety concerns?

– Why should we adopt a Functional safety framework?

Safety Integrity Level Critical Criteria:

Merge Safety Integrity Level projects and clarify ways to gain access to competitive Safety Integrity Level services.

– Do Functional safety rules make a reasonable demand on a users capabilities?

– Can we do Functional safety without complex (expensive) analysis?

Spurious Trip Level Critical Criteria:

Win new insights about Spurious Trip Level visions and correct better engagement with Spurious Trip Level results.

– How do we maintain Functional safetys Integrity?

– How can we improve Functional safety?

System Critical Criteria:

Reorganize System goals and question.

– Do you conduct large-scale systematic monitoring (including employee data) or process large amounts of sensitive personal data?

– Does the company have equipment dependent on remote upgrades to firmware or software, or have plans to implement such systems?

– What might we do to further exploit the information gathered by service management systems to reduce customer defections?

– Does remote server administration require multi-factor authentication of administrative users for systems and databases?

– What are the strategic implications of the implementation and use of CRM systems?

– What specific functions (or sub-systems) exist within the organization?

– How is a systems analysis different than other scientific analyses?

– How will systems and methods evolve to remove Big Data solution weaknesses?

– Technical feasibility. is the solution technically practical?

– Are you receiving a service-connected disability pension?

– What are the costs of the resources used in the process?

– How does one best achieve tacit knowledge codification?

– How many external interfaces affect the productivity?

– How can we link our efforts to work more efficiently?

– How do you assess threats to your system and assets?

– When are the NPV and IRR reliable?

– Do you have/plan to have children?

– Is the software system usable?

– More than one clock?

TÜV SÜD Critical Criteria:

Use past TÜV SÜD goals and budget for TÜV SÜD challenges.

– Do we aggressively reward and promote the people who have the biggest impact on creating excellent Functional safety services/products?

– How likely is the current Functional safety plan to come in on schedule or on budget?

– What is Effective Functional safety?


This quick readiness checklist is a selected resource to help you move forward. Learn more about how to achieve comprehensive insights with the Functional safety Self Assessment:

Author: Gerard Blokdijk

CEO at The Art of Service |

Gerard is the CEO at The Art of Service. He has been providing information technology insights, talks, tools and products to organizations in a wide range of industries for over 25 years. Gerard is a widely recognized and respected information expert. Gerard founded The Art of Service consulting business in 2000. Gerard has authored numerous published books to date.

External links:

To address the criteria in this checklist, these selected resources are provided for sources of further research and information:

Functional safety External links:

[PDF]Functional Safety Solutions for the Process Control … Asset Library/asco-functional-safety-catalog.pdf

Fulcrum FS – Functional Safety Specialists Aberdeen

Safety Encoders | Encoders for Functional Safety | Dynapar

Automotive Safety Integrity Level External links:

Automotive Safety Integrity Level – Safety Integrity Level

Automotive Safety Integrity Level – Revolvy Safety Integrity Level

Automotive industry External links:

Data Consultants – DMS Solutions for the Automotive Industry

AUTO1 Group – Where Tech Meets The Automotive Industry

DealerTrack – High-Value Solutions for the Automotive Industry

Certification External links:

Certification – Texas Land Title Association

Free Printable Title Certification Form (PDF & WORD)

Failure mode, effects, and criticality analysis External links:

Failure Mode, Effects, and Criticality Analysis (FMECA)

Failure mode and effects analysis External links:

[PDF]Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)

FMEA | Failure Mode and Effects Analysis | Quality-One


Hazard and Operability Study External links:

HAZOP (Hazard and Operability Study), leadership, …

What is Hazard and Operability Study (HAZOP)? – …

IEC 61508 External links:

Download Iec 61508 files – TraDownload

What is IEC 61508?

IEC 61508
IEC 61508 is an international standard published by the International Electrotechnical Commission of rules applied in industry. It is titled Functional Safety of Electrical/Electronic/Programmable Electronic Safety-related Systems.

ISO 26262 External links:

ISO 26262 | Functional Safety | Quality-One

What Is ISO 26262? | IQS, Inc.

Functional Safety/ISO 26262 – Mentor Graphics

Mean time between failures External links:

Mean time between failures – Infor

How is MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) Calculated?

CARE® Reliability Software | Mean Time Between Failures

Safety External links:

Official Website Florida Department of Highway Safety …

Safety Integrity Level External links:

[PDF] Safety Integrity Level

[PDF]Burner Management System Safety Integrity Level …

Safety Integrity Level (SIL) Short Training – YouTube

Spurious Trip Level External links:

Plant Availability Analysis – Spurious Trip Level

Spurious trip level – trip level

TÜV SÜD External links:

TÜV SÜD – YouTube

TÜV SÜD (@TUVSUD) | Twitter

About us | TÜV SÜD