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Safety and Risk Management (SARM)

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Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for:

  • System Safety practitioners across all domains including railway, automotive, aerospace, military, civil nuclear, civil maritime, medical devices, healthcare, and so on;
  • Developers of safety-critical and safety related equipment and changes to such systems;
  • Developers of safety case evidence for operational safety and disposal;
  • Reviewers of safety case evidence within an organisation or as an independent activity;
  • Project managers where the development of a safety case is a significant element of projects they manage;
  • Regulators of safety critical domains.

What will I learn?

This course teaches systematic approaches to hazard identification and risk assessment, including principles of risk reduction and the analysis and assessment of a proposed product or service.

 Diagram of the Software and Risk Management during Development lifecycle


The first part, focuses on hazard identification and risk assessment, effectively covering the “left-hand side” of the safety process in the development life-cycle. The second part, covers the “right-hand side of the V” where analysis and assessment provide evidence for the acceptability of the design from a system safety perspective.


The course looks at the inputs to, classical techniques used in and the outputs that can be expected from each phase. As a result by the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Explain the principles of hazard identification and assessment;
  • Describe and participate in analysis using techniques such as Functional Failure Analysis and HAZOP;‌
  • Describe different approaches to risk reduction and risk acceptance;              Safety and Risk Management during Development Hazard Risk Index
  • Explain the role of system safety assessment in the safety lifecycle;
  • Describe and participate in a Failure Modes and Effects Analysis;
  • Describe and participate in fault tree construction;
  • Describe and participate in the production and evaluation of fault tree cut sets;
  • Describe and participate in the production and evaluation of fault tree quantitative analysis;Safety and Risk Management during Development fault tree diagram
  • Describe the importance and impact of common cause failure mechanisms;
  • Select appropriate analysis techniques for particular situations;


A basic understanding of system safety terminology and lifecycle via prior learning or industrial experience. When you submit your application, please attach an overview of your system safety experience and details of any courses in system safety you have already attended so that we can check your suitability for this course.

How is the course taught?

The course takes place over one week at the University of York. We also expect you to put in around 30 hours of private study. There will be a series of lectures and a number of case studies. The case studies give you the chance to work through an example to reinforce your learning from the lectures. This is also a chance to gain insights from the experience and knowledge of other delegates. You will be able to call on the experience and knowledge of our specialised teaching staff during these sessions.  

The module ends with an assessed exercise, which you have the option of completing. It takes approximately an extra 35 hours and can be completed off site. It is open (so you won't take an exam in supervised conditions), and asks you to answer typically four questions.


Recommended Reading

Ericson, C.A. Hazard Analysis Techniques for System Safety Wiley 2005
Andrews, JD. & TR Moss Reliability and Risk Assessment Professional Engineering Publishing 2006
NUREG Fault Tree Handbook NUREG 1981
O'Connor, P. Practical Reliability Engineering, 5th ed. Wiley 2012
Singpurwalia, N. Reliability and Risk: Bayesian Perspective Wiley 2006
CENELEC EN-50126, Railway Applications - The Specification and Demonstration of Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety CENELEC 2011

Book Your Place

Make sure you book your place for the next course w/c 23rd October 2017.

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If you have any queries, please contact Heather Taylor, our course administrator or call 01904 325536.