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Document ID (ISN)77924
CIS number 02-263
ISBN(s) 0-7176-2268-1
Year 2002
Convention or series no. HSE Contract Research Report CRR 408/2001
Author(s) English M.
Health and Safety Executive
Title Safety implications of industrial uses of internet technology
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2002. viii, 37p. Illus. 41 ref. Price: GBP 10.00.
Abstract This report examines the safety and health issues associated with the use of the internet and internet-related technologies in industry for process control. The technology to allow connection of manufacturing and control systems to the internet is readily available, but there is no evidence that adequate consideration has been given to the security and stability of these devices and systems. There are also disadvantages in exposing internal systems (business or control) to the outside world. The quality of publicized safety-related data varies, and is potentially dangerous. Network integrity is paramount in any internet-based system that is used for control and automation, where a breach could have serious safety repercussions. It is concluded that internet technology raises no fundamentally-new safety issues, but safety and security measures need to the thoroughly addressed.
Descriptors (primary) computer-assisted control; process control; new technologies; telecommunications; computer applications; reliability
Descriptors (secondary) United Kingdom; plant safety organization; safety analysis; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Broad subject area(s) New technologies
Browse category(ies) Communications industry