To main content

Towards Safety Risk Assessment of Socio-technical Systems via Failure Logic Analysis

Abstract

A thorough understanding of the safety risks of a system requires an understanding of its human and organizational factors, as well as its technical components.
Analysis approaches that focus only on the latter without
considering, for example, how human decision makers may
respond to a technical failure, are not able to adequately capture the wide variety of safety risk scenarios that need to be considered. In this paper, we propose a model-based analysis approach that allows analysts to interpret humans and organizations in terms of components and their behavior in terms of failure logic. Our approach builds on top of CHESS-FLA, which is a tool-supported failure logic analysis technique that supports analysis of component-based system architectures to understand what can go wrong at the system level and to identify the causes (i.e. faulty components). However, CHESS-FLA currently deals only with hardware and software components and thus it is not adequate to reason about socio-technical systems. We therefore provide an extension based on a preexisting classification of socio-failures and combine it with the one used in CHESS-FLA for technical failures, thereby giving birth to a novel approach to analysis of socio-technical systems. We demonstrate our approach on an example from the petroleum domain.

Category

Academic chapter/article/Conference paper

Client

  • EC/FP7 / 333053
  • Research Council of Norway (RCN) / 232059

Language

English

Author(s)

  • Barbara Gallina
  • Edin Sefer
  • Atle Refsdal

Affiliation

  • Sweden
  • SINTEF Digital / Software and Service Innovation

Year

2014

Publisher

IEEE

Book

Proceedings IEEE 25th International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering Workshops ISSREW 2014, 3-6 November, 2014, Naples, Italy

ISBN

978-1-4799-7377-4

Page(s)

287 - 292

View this publication at Cristin