What is Safety Assurance?

The primary goal of safety assurance (SA) is monitor and review what has happened to ensure safety objectives are being met.

Safety risk management (SRM) offers the design. Monitoring processes derived from SRM activities offer confidence that you are meeting safety objectives, that the SRM processes are working to mitigate risk to as-low-as-reasonably-practical (ALARP).

The Part 5 Automation Tool modules at the right are designed to ensure you meet your safety assurance performance objectives.

Safety Assurance Performance Objectives

  1. Monitor, monitor, measure, and evaluate systems' performance to identify new hazards, measure the effectiveness of risk controls, (to include preventative and corrective actions) and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.
  2. Continuously monitor operational data, including products and services received from contractors, to identify hazards, measure the effectiveness of safety risk controls, and assess system performance.
  3. Perform regularly scheduled internal audits of operational processes, including those performed by contractors, to verify safety performance and evaluate effectiveness of safety risk controls.
  4. Conduct internal evaluations of the SMS and operational processes at planned intervals, to determine that the SMS conforms to its objectives and expectations.
  5. Include third party and regulatory oversight audit results in the analysis of data.
  6. Establish procedures to collect data and investigate incidents, accidents, and instances of potential regulatory non-compliance to identify potential new hazards or risk control failures.
  7. Implement confidential employee safety reporting and feedback system. Monitor data to identify emerging hazards and assess performance of risk controls.
  8. Analyze safety data and assess performance of operational risk controls in organizational processes and the SMS, and to identify root causes of nonconformance’s and potential new hazards.
  9. Assess effectiveness of risk controls, conformance to SMS objectives, and safety policy objectives.
  10. Identify and determine acceptable safety risk for organizational changes affecting established processes and services by new or changing system design, new or modified operations/procedures.
  11. Promote continuous improvement and avoid recurring events by using safety lessons learned and communicate lessons learned to all employees.
  12. Manage and track preventive and corrective action to eliminate root causes identified during analysis and to prevent recurrence.
  13. Upper management conducts regular SMS assessments to monitor effectiveness of the organization’s operational processes and determine need for improvement.