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System Safety


Course Description:

Instruction is given in both system safety engineering and management with emphasis on complex, high technology systems.  Engineering methods are illustrated with practical, numerical examples.  The principal system safety analysis method is taught with classroom and homework problems.  Preparation of a system safety program plan and management of the system safety process in all phases of the system life are examined in depth.  A classroom project provides students with the opportunity to apply system safety management and engineering methods while working as a team.  Enrichment lectures in special areas of knowledge essential to the system safety process will also be presented.  Each student should bring a calculator with statistical functions.

Objectives:  To provide a level of knowledge of system safety sufficient to manage a system safety program and to perform associated system safety engineering tasks.

Who Should Attend:  Individuals who have safety responsibilities in the design and operation of complex systems in which an accident can cause substantial loss.

Course Outline

  1. Quantitative Methods
    • System Safety Fundamentals
    • Set/Probability Theories
    • Bernoulli Process and Binomial Distribution
    • Poisson Analysis
    • Series/Parallel Networks
    • Fault Tree Analysis
    • Event Tree Approach
    • Boolean Algebra
    • Failure Data Analysis
    • Decision Theory
    • Risk Ranking
  2. Management
    • System and System Safety Life Cycle
    • Hazard Analysis Techniques including
      • Logic/Change Analysis
      • Energy/Trace
      • FHA/FMECA
      • FTA
      • SCA
    • Hazard Analysis Types including PHA/SSHA, SHA and O & SHA
    • System Safety Order of Precedence
    • Amelioration
    • System Safety Management Tasks
    • Objectives/Life Cycles
    • System Safety Program Plan
    • Types of Risks/Assumption of Risks

Prerequisite:  Attendees should have an engineering or hard science background.

Course Duration:  9.5 Days

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