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

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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Why we make the difference 


Our services are tailored to suit your organisation, to provide the support that really protects your business.


By working in partnership with you, we work toward a common goal of positive changes in your workplace whilst delivering legal compliance.


Our collaborative approach ensures you have industry-leading advice at your fingertips.


Understanding your business needs and goals are key to our effective partnership.


We pride ourselves on our industry knowledge and expertise, established around a team of experienced consultants from various industry backgrounds. Giving you access to consultants who understand your industry and sectors.


Industries evolve, and practices change. To keep pace, all consultants undertake regular Continous Professional Development, ensuring that our knowledge is always up-to-date and relevant.


We help to alleviate the Health and Safety burden. Through the delivery of practical and cost-effective solutions, we enable you to focus on running your business.

By delivering an efficient service, we are here to support you when you need us most, with a flexible and adaptive provision.


Our service enables you to meet your legal responsibilities while continuing to run your business effectively.

Your Health & Safety Team 

when you need us most  

Life as we know it has changed and change is now more important than ever for business. 

With our support and guidance, Embark can help you navigate through red tape demands and ensure your business and workforce are kept safe and well.

Many of our clients consider us part of their team and by working closely in partnership with you, we understand your business risks and the need to make a change in greater detail. Helping you to prioritise and focus your efforts on those areas that require support the most. 

As part of your team, you can flexibly access our expertise when you need it most.  Supporting you both onsite and virtually with clear and concise advice and guidance to suit your business.

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