Establishing a Safety Assurance Methodology (SAM)

The essential objective of a safety management system is to provide for a systematic approach to achieving acceptable levels of safety risk. At the start, a system analysis is conducted, hazards are identified, risk is assessed, and controls are put into place until the risk is determined to be an acceptable level to those working within the system. In an ideal world, these controls (e.g., PPE or an engineered system) would always be used, always be effective, and never be circumvented. Knowing this idyllic scenario does not exist, a Safety Assurance Methodology should be incorporated into systems to verify the presence and validate the efficacy of controls on a recurring basis.

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