Functional Safety Starter Kit: Documentation tools and guidelines
Align your safety policy and document according to IEC 61508 and other safety standards for certification
The growing demand for sophisticated technology has pushed the manufacturing industry – particularly components manufacturers – into the fast lane. With rapidly evolving technology driving consumer demand, manufacturers face the challenge of developing components and systems quickly and at a low cost, while ensuring their products meet all necessary functional safety and quality requirements such as IEC 61508 or other safety standards. By doing so, hazardous states in their systems or components can be minimised. Therefore, potential hazards and risks have to be identified and assessed in advance to limit damages against the environment. If the standards are not met by the manufacturers they may find themselves facing non-compliance issues. Consequently, costly and time-consuming rework would be necessary to gain a valid functional safety certification of their product. To avoid potentially devastating business losses, it is therefore important that manufacturers ensure their products adhere to the quality and safety guidelines right from the onset.
What is the TÜV SÜD Safety Kit?
The Safety Kit is a tool package consisting of a set of several document templates and guidelines that was developed by a multidisciplinary team of TÜV SÜD experts. It was developed to act as a comprehensive guide for manufacturers of electrical/electronic/programmable electronic elements or systems (E/E/PE systems) looking to align their safety policy and documentation according to IEC 61508 or other safety standards during the product development phase. Furthermore, these safety kit tools aim to provide you with an overview and understanding of the functional safety standards that must be met to ensure compliance, along with an action plan. By following this action plan, manufacturers can develop an overall safety concept, meet safety requirements, and achieve a product certification smoothly in the end.
How can we help you?
As a global third-party quality and assurance provider with decades of experience, TÜV SÜD has developed a practical guideline which supports you right from the development phase, to ensure that your products meet relevant functional safety standards. Based on the functional safety lifecycle, according to the standard IEC 61508-1, the tools of the safety kit assist you in the management of functional safety, with the objective of defining the necessary activities and responsibilities. By following the systematic approach and action plan provided manufacturers can facilitate the smooth communication, coordination, planning and monitoring of their safety-related activities
Our safety kit services at a glance
We support you with a comprehensive Safety Kittool package:
Safety checklists and best practices
The Safety Kit includes a range of important safety checklists and considerations, to give you, as a manufacturer, a thorough overview of the safety features you will need to utilise to ensure compliance, along with accompanying risks and suggestions for improving existing conditions.
The Safety Kit includes tools that assist you in the accurate documentation and reporting of all activities, as per certification guidelines, to save time and prevent the necessity of rewriting or renewing documents, or even reworking your products.
Your benefits at a glance
Save time and money – by investing in a straightforward toolkit developed by experienced TÜV SÜD experts that will allow you to focus your resources, achieve certification and avoid costly rework of your products.
Minimise risk – by identifying key vulnerabilities and potential safety hazards and risks during the development phase. This enables you to define the right countermeasures from early project stages.
Gain a competitive edge – with a toolkit that gives you the advantage to receive your product certification according to relevant functional safety standards, to provide your customers with added value.