What is Functional Safety?

What is functional safety?

Functional Safety is the overall safety of a system or piece of equipment and depends on the correct functioning of automatic protection operating correctly in response to its inputs or failure in a predictable manner.

The main objective of functional safety is to ensure that the automatic protection system in place, is designed properly (and safely) to overcome hardware failures, human errors and even environmental stress.

As modern-day manufacturing evolves, and with its added complexities, functional safety is vital in the safety of your business. Functional safety is the best way of reducing inherent risks in hazardous industrial processes both within a factory or chemical plant and out in the field.

In terms of Machine Safety, functional safety relates to all areas: PUWER, CE Marking and risk assessments.

Functional safety supports PUWER & CE marking processes and the applicable safety product directives. The Machinery Directive, EMC and LVD are typical CE Marking directives which may use functional safety to reduce risks in machines to an acceptable level.