With Special Reference to Advanced Electrotechnologies  

Anthony E. Gascoigne


ABSTRACT: With every technological advance, safety concerns are likely to arise among potential users and the general public. Such concerns will become even more pressing as adventurous new areas of technology are explored, and particularly in the electrical, electronics and computer fields. In this setting it is important to adopt a more rigorous approach to safety matters than has generally been evident hitherto. This paper reviews the main features of a Systems Safety approach, including the related issues of risk modelling and analysis. The contrasts between “traditional” and “systems” approaches are highlighted. The special characteristics of Software Safety are briefly considered. Some real-life examples are given to illustrate the main concepts discussed.

Keywords: safety; systems; risk; modelling; technology.


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