During the years from 2009 to 2010, we developed a Management Process to implement the requirements of functional safety in the design and engineering of Process plants for the Mining Industry and Chemical Plants (IEC 61511/61508) and Mechanical Engineering (IEC 62061). Assistance in implementation and training of personnel.
In the years 2011 to 2014, we designed a "Product Compliance Management" Process, globally valid for all locations worldwide (Europe, North and South America, South Africa, India, China and Australia), for a Finnish plant- and machinery engineering and also components manufacturing company. The challenge there, was to combine aspects of risk assessments in both, the world of machinery and apparatus in accordance with European directives and international standards, as well as in the world of industrial plants, e.g . explosion-, fire- and lightning protection, as well as HAZOP and SIL allocation assessments and the following “functional safety management”. A high priority was placed on the research of the requirements, laws, standards and regulations requested at the location where the product will be operated.
Many companies do not exactly know what , and above all , how much they need to do to fulfill the legal requirements and their obligations in relation to meet the provisions of the Product Safety Act. Often they do too much, sometimes too little and very often nothing at all.
The best way to implement Processes to meet the legal requirements of the Product Safety Act, is a change of working culture into a “safety culture”, supported by the management and the employees.
In many companies the necessary actions to meet the requirements of occupational health and safety (OHS) are already well implemented and are demanded by the staff, but many times rarely lived in daily work.
The requirements of occupational health and safety (OHS) and the Product Safety Act should not be mixed and are completely different. A Safety Engineer (OHS) is not suitable to implement the issues of product safety in the company.
It is therefore necessary to find out who is the appropriate employee within the company or from outside, to lead the implementation of this topic, to monitor, and to improve the Management Process.
After the successful introduction of the management process, a basic requirement to integrate product safety into daily work-life without being seen as an additional burden, is a cultural change within the company. This cultural change should be the goal of introduction of a "Product Compliance Management" Process.
First, we conduct an informal discussion to jointly determine your needs in order to determine whether and how many of our specialists will be necessary.
Based on this investigation, you will receive a binding offer for a detailed analysis.
After receiving your order, we will analyze which areas of product safety are affected by your products. In which market-area you are operating. Which management systems and tools are already in place, what can be used, what needs to be adjusted, what must be discarded and what has to be added?
We will interview individual employees who are involved in these processes in order to determine whether and to what extent these processes are implemented and how much employees identify them-selves with it.
We develop a concept for the implementation of an optimized business process to implement the requirements of the product-safety law.
This concept includes a detailed timetable regarding the expiry of the measures.
The execution shall be done in your company. Where possible, an employee will be provided by you, who will be then integrated into the development and deployment of the Management Processes. Later this person should be responsible to supervise, monitor, maintain and improve the Management Process.
Our specialists develop together with your employees the procedures, work instructions, forms and databases, adapted to the needs of your company. We will train the key personnel, so that they will be able to provide training for your employees.
You have to calculate your loops according the guidelines to confirm that the considered components reach the necessary SIL level? You need help? We will assist you! Starting with the calculation and documentation of your SIF loops till to workshops and seminars, where you will be able at the end to calculate the loops by yourself.
Beside we support you with tools, where you can get a feeling if the necessary actions to be taken are successful. Along with, we have e.g. checklists, where you will be easily in the position to get an overview about the required documents. Additionally we offer small accessories, where you will be able to check or verify a calculation if it was done by a third party.
For all companies working in the area of engineering of machinery,- apparatus,- or industrial plants or place these kinds of products on the market.
The comfortable feeling, to have a sufficiently safe product on the market and to be able to deliver a sufficient documentation to the authorities in case of a legal relevant incident or accident. This will reduce the consequences in regard to civil- or criminal liability to a minimum and ensures the continuous existence of your business, even after a safety related incident with your product.
Your business partners will recognize you as a company with a high-level safety culture.
Your products will be preferably used. Due to your good documentation, your customer can expect no additional work or trouble in the future.