Functional Safety Management (FSM) programs aim to ensure all stages of the Safety Lifecycle (SLC) are correctly implemented and supported through its phases:
1. Starting from analysis, initiation, and specifications of the safety requirements.
2. Covering design and development of the features to their implementation on a safety-critical system.
3. Finalizing with operation and maintenance, ending in decommissioning of the system.
FSM is important to end users as it helps to reduce the risk to an acceptable level but becomes relevant to the organization because if implemented correctly, can help improve efficiency and reduce cost. A robust FSM will consider People (related to the roles, responsibilities, and competency of personnel involved), Paperwork (linked to documentation and record keeping), and Procedures (associated to well-defined work processes in place for each phase). If people are adequately trained, working with well-documented processes and procedures, then this will decrease the inherent risk in activities on a daily basis.
As Functional Safety becoming normality, the FSM programs are relevant as they are a requirement for every manufacturer, balancing stringent and cohesive software and hardware integrated systems.