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Why system safety programs can failFactors that cause system safety programs to fail are discussed from the viewpoint that in general these programs have not achieved their intended aims. The one item which is considered to contribute most to failure of a system safety program is a poor statement of work which consists of ambiguity, lack of clear definition, use of obsolete requirements, and pure typographical errors. It is pointed out that unless safety requirements are stated clearly, and where they are readily apparent as firm requirements, some of them will be overlooked by designers and contractors. The lack of clarity is stated as being a major contributing factor in system safety program failure and usually evidenced in: (1) lack of clear requirements by the procuring activity, (2) lack of clear understanding of system safety by other managers, and (3) lack of clear methodology to be employed by system safety engineers.
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Conference Paper
Willie Hammer
(Hughes Aircraft Company Culver City, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 6, 2013
Publication Date
May 26, 1971
Publication Information
Publication: Proceedings of the NASA Government-Industry System Safety Conference
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Meeting Information
Government-Industry System Safety Conference(Greenbelt, MD)
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