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Safety Analysis and Design

What is Safety?

Safety is freedom from accidents or losses.

  • Normally concerned with human or animal death or injury

  • May be applied to any system in which you desire to avoid certain outcomes


Safety is not reliability!

  • Reliability is the probability that a system will perform its intended function satisfactorily.

  • Reliability is a stochastic measure system function delivery


Safety is not security!

  • Security is protection or defense against attack, interference, or espionage.

  • Note: the German word sicherheit relates to both security and safety, but we draw a distinction in English


Dependability is the term used for the integration of Safety, Reliability, and Security


Resilience is the term for the ability of a system to provide service under different, often unexpected, circumstances. It includes Dependability and Adaptability.

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Example Fault Tree Analysis
with the UML Dependability Profile (see bottom of page)
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Some Safety Presentations

Safety Critical 1:

Analysis Practices

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Safety Critical 2:

Design Practices

Safety Critical 3:

Quality Practices

Safety Critical 4:

Evidence-oriented Practices

The UML Dependability Profile

This Rhapsody profile supports safety, reliability, and security analysis.

Cameo Safety Profile v1
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