Chapter 12. Safety and Reliability

  1. Shirley Coleman Technical Director3,
  2. Tony Greenfield4,
  3. Dave Stewardson3 and
  4. Douglas C. Montgomery5
  1. Chris McCollin1 and
  2. M. F. Ramalhoto2

Published Online: 3 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470997482.ch12

Statistical Practice in Business and Industry

Statistical Practice in Business and Industry

How to Cite

McCollin, C. and Ramalhoto, M. F. (2008) Safety and Reliability, in Statistical Practice in Business and Industry (eds S. Coleman, T. Greenfield, D. Stewardson and D. C. Montgomery), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470997482.ch12

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Industrial Statistics Research Unit, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK

  2. 4

    Greenfield Research, Little Hucklow, Buxton SK17 8RT, UK

  3. 5

    Regents' Professor of Industrial Engineering & Statistics, ASU Foundation Professor of Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering Arizona State University Tempe, AZ 85287-5906, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Nottingham Trent University, Burton Street, Nottingham NG1 4BU, UK

  2. 2

    Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 7 MAR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470014974

Online ISBN: 9780470997482



  • reliability specification;
  • failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA);
  • design failure investigation techniques (DFITs);
  • commercial off-the-shelf (COTS);
  • overall equipment manufacturer (OEM);
  • safety and reliability;
  • Cox regression model for survival analysis;
  • maintenance - productivity and competitiveness;
  • stochastics for quality movement (SQM);
  • SQM methodology and SQM library


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Reliability engineering: The state of the art

  • Stochastics for the quality movement: An integrated approach to reliability and safety