System Safety

System Safety is described in various ways, but here is a good example:

“The … concept calls for a risk management strategy based on identification, analysis of hazards and application of remedial controls using a systems-based approach.”

Harold E. Roland; Brian Moriarty (1990).

You can see posts on fundamental concepts here:

  • System Safety Concepts. In this 33-minute session, the Safety Artisan equips you with the Concepts. I look at the basic concepts of safety, risk and hazard in order to understand how to assess and manage them. Exploring these fundamental topics provides the foundations for all other safety topics, but it doesn’t have to be complex. The basics are simple, but they need to be thoroughly understood and practised consistently to achieve success. This video explains the issues and discusses how to achieve that success.
  • System Safety Concepts (short video); and
  • System Safety Concepts (transcript of the full video);

Civil Applications of System Safety

“[It] is a speciality within system engineering that supports program risk management. It is the application of engineering and management principles, criteria and techniques to optimize safety.”

FAA System Safety Handbook, December 30, 2000

You can see posts on the FAA Handbook here:

  • System Safety Principles. In this 45-minute video, I discuss the Principles, as set out by the US Federal Aviation Authority in their Handbook.  Although this was published in 2000, the principles still hold good (mostly) and are worth discussing.  I comment on those topics where modern practice has moved on, and those jurisdictions where the US approach does not sit well.
  • System Safety Principles (short video); and
  • System Safety Principles (transcript of the full video).

US Military Standard 882

The Safety Artisan is creating a complete course of video lessons on this system safety engineering standard.

“[It] is “the application of engineering and management principles, criteria, and techniques to achieve acceptable mishap risk, within the constraints of operational effectiveness and suitability, time, and cost, throughout all phases of the system life cycle.”

Introduction to US MIL-STD-882

The many videos and posts on MIL-STD-882E, the current version of this standard, can be accessed from the 882E Page, here.

It’s not just for engineers!

The Safety Artisan won’t get hung up about how things are defined, and I will be passing on good information, no matter where it can be found. 

Traditionally, safety is seen as engineering discipline. However, success requires input from operators, designers, regulators, maintainers, trainers, and others!

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