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System Safety (SSC 21-1)

October 12, 2020 @ 8:00 am - October 23, 2020 @ 12:00 pm


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.


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. Emphasis is upon military projects and contracts.

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


Attendees should have an engineering or hard science background.

Course Duration:  9.5 Days

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Published on March 26th, 2020

Last updated on August 4th, 2020


October 12, 2020 @ 8:00 am
October 23, 2020 @ 12:00 pm


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