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One of the tenets of safety engineering is that simple systems are better. Many practical reasons are advanced to justify this assertion, but I’ve always wondered what, if any, theoretical justification was there for such a position.

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SILs as pseudoscience

The use of integrity levels to achieve ultra high levels of safety has become an ‘accepted wisdom’ in the safety community. Yet I remain unconvinced as to their efficacy, and in this post I argue that integrity levels are not scientific in any real sense of that term which leads in turn to the logical question of whether the work in any real sense.

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