The Safety & Reliability Society (SaRS) webinar programme is brought to you by the SaRS Webinar Working Group (WWG) with the objectives of: Providing high quality cross industry learning on interesting safety and reliability (S&R) topics, Promoting the message of a safer and more reliable world, Encouraging greater participation in the development of S&R across all industries, Providing presenting, career development and CPD opportunities to individual S&R practitioners, Broadening the reach of SaRS and encouraging more S&R professionals to get involved with the Society, Helping to meet the charitable aims of the Society

As with all SaRS groups the WWG consists enthusiastic S&R professionals who volunteer their time to help promote S&R across all industries. The members of WWG are: Angela Ku – Senior Safety & Risk Consultant at Jacobs, Simon Burwood – Managing Director at Engineering Safety Consultants Ltd., Jibril Okin – Process/Technical Safety Engineering Consultant, Colin Dennis (Chair) – SaRS.

Scroll down for details of all the upcoming webinars – all SaRS webinars are free and open to members and non-members

Our webinar programme is partly funded by ESRA (European Safety and Reliability Association)

We also have a comprehensive archive of previous webinars that SaRS members can access:

1. Learning Cyber Security and its Application to Safety Critical Systems – 3 part series

SaRS is delighted to announce a new series of 3 webinars on Learning Cyber Security and its Application to Safety Critical Systems with Part 1 on 18th September 2020 at 13:00 UK time – See below for registration.

In Part 1 of the webinar series we will be re-capturing the history and the journey we have made to date relating to cyber security in safety critical systems.  You will learn the basic principles and why safety critical systems can’t be treated like “just IT”, but have unique challenges and why we needed to rethink cyber methodologies and find our own path in securing safety.

Part 2 of the series will then explore the current hot topics and the cyber threat landscape for safety critical systems.

We will close off the series in Part 3 with a look into the next wave of technology and the security questions that will need answering.

The webinars will be presented by Alzbeta Helienek, Managing Director of C4SAM

Alzbeta has 25 years of experience working in the Railway and Cyber security industry and specialised in combining the two to help solve the challenges safety critical systems face when confronted with cyber attacks. Her roles have led her to be a certified cyber security for Industrial Automation and Control systems expert and developer products and professional services in this area. C4SAM is a European start-up with its HQ in Vienna and is developing a solution to manage and secure the digital infrastructure of any business and provides SME’s with an easy and cost-efficient way to stay focused on their core business.

Please register for the webinar series here:

  • Part 1. History and basic principles – 18th September 2020 at 13:00 UK time – Please click here
  • Part 2. Today’s threats and solutions -16th October 2020 at 13:00 UK time – Please click here
  • Part 3. Future challenges and preparing the response – 13th November 2020 at 13:00 UK time – Please click here

2. London Branch Early Career Professionals Presentation Event

24th September 2020 18:00 to 19:45 UK time Register here

Join us to hear from three early career Safety & Reliability professionals as they present on interesting safety and reliability projects from the rail and power generation sectors. Each 15 minute presentation will be followed by a Q&A and prize for the best presentation which is kindly sponsored by Virkonnen Ltd.

Our Speakers and their presentations:

Gilad Amzaleg is a graduate analyst at RSSB. Gilad will present his work combining epidemiological and crowd dynamic modelling to maximise safe rail passenger capacity following the Covid-19 outbreak.

Raunak Kabra is a principal engineer at Risktec Solutions and has 10 years experience in the oil & gas industry. Raunak will present his work on performing reliability studies for solar power plants and how to factor in current limitations.

Esme Fowler is a graduate with the two-year Bombardier Transportation scheme working in the product safety engineering department. Esme will present her work on the SWR Project safety case, specifically, the completion of the project functional FMEA.

How to register

To register for this event please click here

This event is open to both SaRS members and non-members.

3. Insights into the new MOD guidance on In-service Reliability and Maintainability (R&M)

1st October 2020 at 18:30 UK time Register here

The Solent Branch of SaRS is presenting an evening webinar covering the results of the recent development of two Reliability and Maintainability (R&M) guidance documents for the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). The topics covered by the two good practice guides are R&M Assessment In-Service and R&M requirements in Performance Based Contracts and will be presented in the following presentations:

Assessment of R&M In-Service: Nat King (Atkins) will present on the study he undertook with John Pearce to provide guidance on the good practice when undertaking R&M assessment in service. The presentation will provide a brief overview of the process undertaken, emerging themes, challenges and examples of good practice and will signpost the resulting guidance.

R&M requirements in Performance Based Contracts: Alan Bennett, BMT Defence & Security UK will present on the study that he led to provide guidance on the setting of R&M Performance Indicators (PIs)  in Performance Based Contracts.  The guidance recommends appropriate PIs for different domains and contract types. The presentation will provide a brief overview of the process undertaken to determine the guidance, before presenting the actual guidance.

This work was performed as part of the Aurora Engineering Partnership which is providing the Engineering Delivery Programme  to the Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation. The Aurora Engineering Partnership consists of QinetiQ, Atkins and BMT. This consortium has been specifically established to deliver innovative engineering services through the EDP Agreement. The EDP Agreement is let in accordance with Ministry Of Defence (MOD) Single Source Contract Regulations. Atkins & BMT were tasked to deliver the R&M Guidance that is the subject of this webinar. The presentations are reproduced for SaRS with the permission of the DE&S sponsor, Nick Barnett, Support Engineering Team Leader.

The webinar will be presented by:

Alan Bennett: Alan is a Managing Consultant at BMT Defence and Security UK, with 30+ years’ experience in delivering R&M programmes across Defence, Aerospace, Satellite Communications and Oil & Gas Domains. Alan is a member of SaRS and an active member of the SaRS Solent Branch Committee. He is also R&M Capability Lead at BMT DAS UK.

John Pearce: John is the Discipline Lead for R&M within the Aerospace, Defence, Security and Technology division of Atkins. He is a Principal Consultant with 30+ years’ experience in delivering R&M and safety programmes across Defence, Rail and Nuclear. John is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and Fellow of SaRS.

Nat King: Nat is a graduate engineer who joined the Atkins Systems Engineering practice a year ago after obtaining a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Bristol. Nat is currently working on the Logistics Technology Investigations (LTI) programme providing insight into the MOD on the potential application of future technologies to improve defence support arrangements.

How to register

To register for the event please click here

This event is open to both SaRS members and non-members.

4. Putting the fun into safety – managing the many dimensions of safety in a theme park complex environment

7th October 2020 13:00 to 14:00 UK time Register here

Theme parks represent a complex environment involving engineering safety, operational safety, and food safety in what is a high reliability setting. The webinar will describe the approach to overall safety management and culture change within this dynamic setting.

Presenter: Jonathan Ellis, Health and Safety Director, Alton Towers Resort

Jonathan is a chartered engineer and member of SARS. After studying metallurgy at university Jonathan spent time in the steel and defence sectors before joining the railway industry, where he migrated into a safety role; in particular leading on level crossing safety and system safety. Five years in consultancy then led to him joining Alton Towers Resort as Health and Safety Director in 2018. In this position he has delivered a significant reduction in risk across the resort.

Please register for the webinar here

5. Safety, Security and Sustainability in Space

This webinar is a SaRS London Branch Event

8th October 2020 at 18:00 UK time Register here

To celebrate World Space Week 2020 we are excited to bring together safety and space specialists to explore the significant challenges that are developing in sustainable space operations today. Such challenges are driven by the lack of space situational awareness and gaps in risk awareness and risk understanding. This event aims to drive forward clarity on the topics for action right now.

Our three speakers, all experts in their fields, will explore the reality of space operations right now, the hazards and the situations with the potential to cause harm, the legal underpinnings of space governance, including the issue of apportioning blame and highlight the gaps in the risk assessment process through a study of an active debris removal mission.


Ralph “Dinz” Dinsley | Founder and Executive Director of Northern Space and Security Limited (NORSS)

Christopher Newman | Professor of Space Law and policy at Northumbria University in Newcastle

Emma Taylor | Award-winning Chartered Engineer and former Chair of the Safety and Reliability Society

For further details about our speakers view the event poster click here

You can register for the event here

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