Dedicated functional safety resources can be difficult to source within operating companies in today’s lean manufacturing operations. In many cases dedicated functional safety (FS) specialists just do not exist and the halcyon days of 25 years ago when teams of engineers were available in-house are no longer the norm.
Such in-house functional safety specialists have since either moved on, or retired and have not been replaced. Companies are now suffering from a loss of corporate memory as expertise has since fragmented. However the expectations both from Industry and the regulators to improve both process and functional safety in light of recent significant industry incidents, has meant that the management of functional safety is an ever increasing imperative for the end users to continue to operate their plants safely under their duty of care requirements.