Safety and Reliability Society has produced a series of new webinars that are available now for registration. Click the buttons below to register – live webinars are open to members and non-members

Automotive Intelligent Speed Adaptation – Friend or Foe?

Tuesday, 12th November 2019 at 6:00pm

Under new rules agreed by the EU, speed limiting technology is to become mandatory for all new vehicles sold in Europe from 2022 including those in the UK regardless of the Brexit outcome.

The system works using a combination of GPS and digital mapping combined with forward facing cameras that can recognise speed limit signs. The system can be overridden temporarily but would otherwise act to automatically limit engine power if the vehicle was travelling at a speed higher than the current speed limit. Supporters of the technology argue that it will reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on the UK’s road network whilst doubters are concerned about the effect of automatic speed control on driver behaviour and the reliability of the technology under all road conditions.

This event will provide an overview of the technology and then explore the benefits and disbenefits from the introduction of this technology from a road safety and driver behaviour perspective.

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Taking Safe Decisions—A Rail Perspective

November 20th 1300 to 1400 – Mike Castles of Ricardo Rail will present “Taking Safe Decisions—A Rail Perspective”

This webinar will review the legislative, ethical and business drivers that determine what is considered acceptably safe within the mainline railway industry in Great Britain. The discussion will include different perspectives on risk, defining risk acceptance criteria, legal obligations and regulation under the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), and suggest how we satisfy the requirements. Particular consideration will be given to the interaction between the SFAIRP/ALARP concept from UK law and the risk acceptance principles set out by the EU Regulation on a Common Safety Method on Risk Evaluation and Assessment (CSM RA), and to the issue of tolerability, all in the context of the guidance of the regulator and the industry guidance ‘Taking Safe Decisions’.

Mike is Ricardo Rail’s Global Technical Expert—Functional Safety. A career railway person, he has spent over 20 years in engineering safety, dealing with safety-critical signalling systems, infrastructure projects and rolling stock. As well as leading safety assurance activities, he has been lead independent assessor, most recently for Network Rail’s Digital Railway Programme. He is a presenter of Ricardo’s CSM RA training course. He was a member of the standards committees for the GB rail industry guidance on CSM RA, and is a member of the Working Group for the railway International Engineering Safety Management (iESM) guidance.

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‘Hidden’ Hazards of Materials

Tuesday 14th January 2020 at 13:00

Safety practitioners need to be wary of making standard assumptions about hazards, in case those assumptions mask other hazards that may be much more significant.

This webinar will describe two case studies where a hazard associated with a material was ‘masked’ by standard assumptions of what the hazard should be.

The Webinar will be presented by Alec Bounds, Associate Technical Director at Arcadis. Alec has decades of experience of safety assessment of nuclear, chemotoxic and explosive hazards. He is a Fellow of SaRS and is the Chief Safety Editor of the SaRS Journal.

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