Key Consultants

Colin Easton

Principal Functional Safety Consultant

Colin is a Chartered Engineer and certified TÜV Rheinland Functional Safety Senior Expert (ID145/09) in Process Hazard and Risk Analysis, Safety Instrumented Systems & Functional Safety of Machinery*.  He has an international reputation for the provision of consultancy and training services mainly to the process industry sector, assisting clients to meet their legislative, regulatory, environment and safety obligations.  He has in excess of 30 years of safety-related experience gained in Oil and Gas up and down stream, Petrochemical, Power, Pharmaceutical, Fine Chemical and Agrochemical.  Since 1997 he has carried out consultancy assignments for Blue Chip Oil and Gas, Power Station and Chemical Plant Operators and provides advice and services to the majority of Consultancies and EPCs and is a Visiting Lecturer and Module Leader at the University of Sheffield in the Master of Science in Engineering – Process Safety & Loss Prevention. As a member of a variety of interest groups related to Technical Safety, Colin actively participates in the promotion of Functional Safety across the process industries.

* Colin delivers training in these areas accredited by TÜV Rheinland via his training company EFSTAS and can deliver ‘feeder’ courses in related subject areas by way of  preparation, where required.

Dick Greenock

Principal Process Safety Consultant

Dick is a Chartered Chemical Engineer and certified TÜV Rheinland Functional Safety Engineer (ID5646/12) in Safety Instrumented Systems.  He has an international reputation for the facilitation of HAZOP and LOPA studies, with 30 years’ experience of providing services to Fine Chemical, Agrochemical, Pharmaceutical, Power and Gas processing plants as well as for many machinery manufacturers. Since joining ProSalus in 2012 he has successfully carried out consultancy assignments covering all aspects of process safety management, analysis and assessment, with his extensive experience in working with the HSE and EA to assist clients to gain regulatory compliance.    Dick is a member of a variety of interest groups related to process safety and actively participates in the promotion of Process Safety across the process industries.

Ben Easton

Principal Safety Consultant

Ben Easton is a Chartered Engineer and TÜV Certified Functional Safety Expert (FS Expert (TÜV Rheinland, # 299/19, SIS, PH&RA)) with over 15 years’ experience on projects within the UK and internationally (including Australia, Canada, Dubai and Europe).

After studying for his first degree at Teesside University he studied for his master’s degree in Process Safety and Loss Prevention at Sheffield University, where he now guest lectures on the Process Safety and Loss Prevention module.

He has worked within the pharmaceutical, oil and gas, agrochemical, renewable energies and defence industrial sectors.

Ben leads on a variety of projects for blue chip clients in the UK and overseas, including Functional safety assessment, Verification and Functional safety capability assessments.  He has been instrumental in collating and gathering evidence for Clients to present to both regulatory and verification bodies such as DNV and BV.

Ben participates actively with industry bodies and the IET where he is a registered mentor for engineers wishing to gain Chartered status.

Ben is also an experienced trainer, delivering certified TÜV Rheinland training in Process Hazard and Risk Analysis, Safety Instrumented Systems for EFSTAS

Dr David J Smith

Associate Consultant of ProSalus

Dr David J Smith BSc, PhD, CEng, FIET, FCQI, HonFSaRS, MIGasE has over forty years’ experience in the risk and reliability field and in technical training courses.  He has amassed one of the largest failure rate and failure mode data banks in the reliability profession and has developed six unique software packages which provide reliability data, reliability calculations and optimum maintenance strategies.

The packages include

  • FARADIP software package (reliability data and failure mode analysis),
  • COMPARE package (Quantified Reliability Maintenance calculations),
  • BETAPLUS (an original common cause failure model),
  • TTREE (a fault tree package),
  • ZONECHECK (assessment of flammable atmosphere)
  • LOPA (Levels of Protection Analysis) tool.

In addition, David provides the Technis Certificate (and Diploma) in Reliability and Functional Safety based on an academically based (but nevertheless highly practical) course which is accredited by IGEM and IAQA and ESC. The course is unique of its type and is based on 2 of his books

  • Reliability, Maintainability and Risk, 9th Edition, D J Smith, Elsevier (Butterworth Heinemann) ISBN 978008102010-4. (The standard work on the subject)
  • The Safety Critical Systems Handbook (A straightforward guide to functional safety IEC61508) “5th edition, 2016, Elsevier ISBN 978-0-12-820700-0.

He has written and updated several textbooks on the above topics and is an authority in his field having been directly concerned with reliability engineering, safety and quality since 1968.