What is Functional Safety

Management? (FSM)

Functional safety refers to the electrical, electronic, or programmable electronic system (PES) safety-related functions in connection with a process plant, equipment, or machinery safety, as part of companies or manufacturer’s overall risk reduction process.

Embark Consulting provides services to enable the design of Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) to international standards such as IEC61508, IEC61511, and IEC62061, and ISO26262 Compliance.


Our engineering clients use these recognised international standards to reduce risks associated with hazardous events, reducing potential injury to people and negative impacts to the environment.

The standards give the Functional Safety Lifecycle to be applied, starting from the design stage and through into Operations and Maintenance (O&M), using HAZOP, SIL analysis, and Safety reliability calculations to reduce the levels of risk.

Fundamental to IEC 61511 and the prevention of systematic failures is the Functional Safety Lifecycle. The Functional Safety Lifecycle objective is to define the various phases from concept to decommissioning of a Safety Instrumented System (SIS).


When the Safety Lifecycle is applied, each phase can be documented to demonstrate all phases of the Functional Safety Lifecycle have been clearly defined, and the appropriate requirements realised.


Who We Work With

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Our broad range of clients enables us to specialise in not just one sector-specific area.  We are FSM specialists in Power Generation, Production, and Manufacturing. 

We believe at Embark not to pigeonhole our clients.

By working across a broad range of industries, we then take our tried and tested methods from different sectors and modify them to suit our clients and their industry's needs.

Our Expert FSM Consultants

Our team of Functional Safety Management Consultants can set Functional Safety Management Systems and undertake third-party Functional Safety Audits on existing procedures and techniques for compliance to the recognised safety standards, including IEC 61508 IEC 61511, and IEC 62061.


System Benefits of Our FSM Service 

Systematic Failure Reduction 

Embark Consulting has an excellent track record for providing a robust Functional Safety Assessment or Functional Safety Management Plan (FSMP), allowing for confidence in the reduction of systematic failures


Clear guidance on the required level of functional safety to be achieved and maintained, ensuring the personnel are not exposed to unnecessary risk


Functional Safety Assessments based on the appropriate clauses of IEC 61511, IEC 61508 and IEC 62061


Functional Safety Management as per IEC61511


Functional Safety Gap Analyses

highlighting any gaps that need to be filled in and filling these gaps by adapting the current Functional Safety Management procedures in place

HAZOP workshop facilitation
Prevention and mitigation layers for hazardous events • Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA)

Functional Safety Training delivery

Development of new Functional Safety Management procedures if required, such as a FSMP, Safety Requirement Specification (SRS), Proof Test Procedures as well as training of personnel in areas such as SIL Determination, SIL Verification and an introduction to IEC 61508 and IEC 61511.

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