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Buncefield Tank on Fire (Image Source: Royal Chiltern Air Support Unit)

Why sometimes simpler is better in safety engineering.

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Recently there’s been some robust discussion over on the Safety Critical Mail List at York regarding the utility of safety cases and performance based safety standards (as exemplified by the UK safety case regime) versus more prescriptive design standards (as exemplified by the aerospace industry FAR regulations). To provide one UK regulator’s perspective here’s a presentation by Taf Powell, Director of the Offshore Division of Health and Safety Executive’s Hazardous Industries Directorate, UK, on the state of safety cases in the UK offshore industry circa 2005. Of course his talk was well before the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.

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For those interested the interim report by Mike Weightman, the UK’s Inspector of Nuclear Installations, on lessons from Fukushima has been released.

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