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Course module: 201700042
Safety by Design for Products, Equipment and Systems
Course info
Course module201700042
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. M. Rajabali Nejad
Lecturer L.A.M. van Dongen
dr. M. Rajabali Nejad
Contactperson for the course
dr. M. Rajabali Nejad
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
The student will be able to:
  • understand the scope of safety challenges through the entire lifecycle
  • find an overview of the available directives, regulations and standards in Europe/ worldwide for addressing the safety challenges
  • learn about the process and responsibilities for CE certificate
  • apply the system level safety requirements to subsystems
  • apply the safety toolbox offered in the course
  • zoom in and zoom out for safety, look into the safety of parts and safety as a whole
  • analyse the relationship between safety, reliability and maintenance
  • start designing a safety management systems
  • practice to tradeoff in a real-world project
  • practices to view differently: foresee possible misuse
  • practices to minimise the risk and ease the responsibility
The master course “Safety by Design” offers you real-world cases to practice the design of safe products, equipment or systems and supports your practice by providing relevant knowledge, platforms and expert feedback. The cases present complex and multidisciplinary projects that demand compromises and tradeoffs to satisfy industrial needs in the course of the project lifecycle. A tradeoff example is keeping the balance among safety, security, reliability, availability, maintenance and other desired performances for a specific system, e.g. railways.
The course highlights the scope and consequences of safety challenges by providing examples. It prescribes a proactive strategy by designing for the technical and non-technical aspects. Also, Safety by Design offers tools and methods for the identification of safety requirements by exploration of problem and solution domains.
Thanks to NEN (NEderlandse Norm) for supporting the course and providing access to relevant international standards for students. This master course helps you reaching the benchmarks indicated by European Directives and provides you with a unique opportunity to practice relevant international standards in the course of the design process. These are requisites for achieving a CE certificate.
The course supports the design process by using the system safety framework of DoD (Department of Defence, USA) and by referring to selected hazard analysis techniques and model-driven risk analysis. Furthermore, it is based on the Dutch NTA (Netherlands Technical Agreement) that describes the Safety Cube Method for design, engineering, and integration of systems and products. This Dutch practical guide motivates an integrated approach for the design of functional, technical, and operational aspects for products and systems, and that is freely available for the course students.

 In brief, the course aims to shed light on the broadness of challenge and the state of the art tools for achieving safer products and systems.

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Required materials
Course material
Safety by Design: Engineering of Products and Systems, Rajabali Nejad, M. (2020), ISBN 978-1-64368-130-6
Course material
Dutch Practical Guide NTA 8287:2021, Safety Cube Method for Design, Engineering, and Integration of Systems and Products, M. Rajabali Nejad, NEN
Course material
Nicholas J. Bahr, System Safety Engineering and Risk Assessment, A Practical Approach, 2015, CRC Publishing
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
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Project unsupervised

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