NTA 8287:2020 Ontw. en Safety Cube Method for design, engineering and integration of systems and products

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Systems integration is a major challenge across many disciplines, with a large number of technical, project, organizational or environmental problems occurring as a result of improper integration. Humans, systems and the environment, as well as the interactions among them, significantly contribute to the proper integration of systems.

This NTA introduces the Safety Cube Method (SCM) and its application to achieve safety by design. It describes the process to identify, assess and evaluate functional, technical and operational hazards, and their associated risks. Furthermore, it describes the process to overcome circumstances through the design where risks pose a serious threat to humans, environment or property. SCM is based on the fundamental aspects of safety which are the human, the technical system, the environment of the technical system, and their interactions. SCM produces various views on communication and creates a
framework for making a safety case. Applying the Safety Cube Method will enhance safety by design.

This NTA provides an integrated approach for safety by design process by creating the essential perspectives needed for a safety risk analysis, assessment and management. It integrates the system hierarchy and system life cycle into one method and encourages the user to adapt knowledge from the past and consider trends in future needs.

Through an integral approach, this NTA guides designers and safety engineers through the design phase and embeds safety considerations into the design process throughout the life cycle. It supports product and system design and is suitable for innovative products and complex systems where an integral risk assessment is required, but entirely appropriate safety standards might not be available.

The application of this NTA is process oriented and adaptable to specific products, systems, machines, instruments or services. This document encourages the bundling of expertise in safety and design and promotes collaboration for managing risk primarily during the early stages of design. It structures the risk assessment procedure throughout the life cycle and across different levels of hierarchy. It provides strategies for risk elimination or risk reduction before starting or as part of technical design.

This NTA consists of the main text (Clauses 1 to 13) and Annexes A, B, C and D.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNetherlands
Number of pages43
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020


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