External BodyAims/ObjectivesFrequencyMeeting Report
MoD Committee on Defence Equipment Reliability & Maintainability (CODERM)Facilitates the co-operation of MoD and industry to ensure military capability is maximised through optimal levels of equipment R&M. Provides a mechanism to: Develop mutually beneficial R&M practices, techniques, research programmes and training; Improve equipment R&M; Resolve difficulties arising from MOD or industry practices. Twice yearlyClick here for latest report.
Independent Safety Assurance Working Group (ISA WG) Promote the ISA role as a means of providing independent safety assurance of products to the supplier, purchaser and user; Promote the ISA role of a safety professional in standards; Support professional development by defining minimum standards, identifying training that meets minimum standards and supporting resources; Support professional ISAs by developing guidance and providing information that affects their role. QuarterlyClick here for latest reports.
BSI DS/1 (Dependability)Under the direction of the Standards Policy and Strategy Committee, is responsible for the development and review of British Standards in the fields of dependability, physical asset management and closely associated topics to meet identified needs. To ensure that the interests of UK stakeholders are adequately represented in international standardization activities in these fields the committee will input to international committees IEC/TC 56 Dependability and CEN/TC 319 Maintenance. The Committee DS/1 aims to establish guidance and standards for design, delivery and maintenance of reliable and dependable systems, products and services.QuarterlyVarious standards are being developed/ updated – complete list showing current status is available at http://sars.org.uk/standards-for-safety-reliability/.
Hazards ForumEstablished in 1989 by the Institutions of Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and Chemical Engineers to provide an interdisciplinary focus for the study of disasters and the promulgation of lessons learned from them. Since then the Forum has broadened its remit to inform the public understanding of risk, while continuing to develop its work on the assessment of hazardous events, dissemination of lessons learned and the promotion of risk reduction strategies.QuarterlyThe latest published newsletter can be found here.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE)The national independent watchdog for work-related health, safety and illness.The latest HSE newsletter containing the latest HSE news, health and safety advice, case studies, court stories, and guidance is available on the HSE website: http://www.hse.gov.uk/news/index.htm See also Thomas Ashton Institute https://www.ashtoninstitute.ac.uk/– drawing on the combined knowledge and experience of University of Manchester and Health & Safety Executive to deliver research, learning and regulatory insights to enable a better working world.
Engineering CouncilThe UK regulatory body for the engineering profession. In addition, the Engineering Council sets and maintains the internationally recognised standards of professional competence.Three times a yearClick here for the latest reports.
Joint Industry Group on Safety Risk (JIGSR) Promotes communication and joint initiatives on the role of engineering in health and safety. Members include: SaRS, IET, I.Mech.E., I.Chem.E., ICE, IEHF, IMarEST, RINA, I.Struct.E., IOSH, plus HSE, RIBA, EngC, Hazards Forum. Twice yearlyClick here for the JIGSR website.
Professional Organisations On Occupational Safety and Health (POOSH) Promotes the continuous improvement of the practice of occupational safety and health through education, communication and the encouragement of co-operation between all involved in the provision of a safe and healthy working environment. Members include: SaRS, IOSH, CIEH, BOHS, IEHF, AONHP, RCN, IRM, IIRSM, RSPH, REHIS, SGUK plus HSE, RoSPA. Three times a yearClick here for the POOSH website.
TC 65/SC 65A/MT 61511To prepare standards regarding the generic aspects of systems used in industrial-process measurement and control: operational conditions (including EMC), methodology for the assessment of systems, functional safety, etc. Horizontal Safety Function. Functional safety of electrical/electronic/programmable electronic systems (which would encompass safety-related software).Bi-annual.Click here for latest report.
BSI AMS/1 (Asset Management)Under the direction of the Standards Policy and Strategy Committee, is responsible for the UK input into ISO/TC 251 and standardisation in the field of Asset Management (AM).QuarterlyClick here for latest report.