As market leaders in risk management and functional safety experts, Vanguard Solutions has developed its own specialist functional safety and systems safety engineering team. They were carefully selected, and have a diverse experience of functional safety and system safety. this experience has developed from application in various industries including oil & gas, mining, air traffic management, nuclear defence and railway systems. Professional and dedicated safety engineers, they are each experts in their field.

What they do


The functional safety team specialises in the application of national and international system safety and machine safety standards and the relevant hazard identification, risk assessment and verification and validation techniques recommended by those standards. Their wealth of knowledge and expertise comes from years of learning and application. We can provide full management and audit of the functional safety lifecycle.


We have specific experience in the use of industry standards including, but not limited to, the following:


  • IEC61508 – Functional safety of electrical/electronic/programmable electronic safety-related systems

  • IEC61511 – Functional safety – Safety instrumented systems for the process industry sector

  • AS4024 – Safety of Machinery (series)

  • IEC62061 – Safety of machinery – Functional safety of safety-related electrical, electronic and programmable electronic control systems

  • ISO13849 – Safety of machinery – Safety-related parts of control systems

  • ISO12100 – Safety of machinery – General principles for design – Risk assessment and risk reduction


Functional safety engineering


Using the hazard identification and risk assessment tools at the core of our business (i.e. HAZID, HAZOP, etc.), our team also has experience in applying the following techniques/disciplines across a range of projects:


  • Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA)

  • Risk Graph Analysis

  • Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)

  • Requirements Management/Engineering

  • Functional Safety Management

  • Safety Audit

  • Verification & Validation

  • System and Safety Requirements Specification (SRS/SSRS) (including software applications)


Functional safety is a discipline requiring specific knowledge and training, and our personnel have a range of engineering and scientific qualifications so you can rest assured that you have access to the benefits of our up-to-date, best-practice techniques and skills. These qualifications include: 


  • TÜV Functional Safety Engineer (TÜV Rheinland)

  • Certified Functional Safety Expert (Exida)

  • Certified Machine Safety Expert (TÜV Nord)

  • Layer of Protection Analysis (IChemE)

  • HAZOP (IChemE, Orica, Advantica)



A safety engineer you can depend on


When you enlist our services, you can expect to receive pragmatic engineering and management solutions. Unlike other service providers, we don't just rely on quantitative or qualitative analysis at an academic level; we take the time and care to accurately place the results of our analyses in the context of the design. More importantly, apply the results of our analyses to the operations of the facilities. In other words, we consider what happens in the real world and what effect our findings would have on your bottom line and project success when placed under real world conditions.

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