This book summarizes the current state of 'front-end' risk-control techniques. Many approaches to risk control are possible. However, only through careful reading, evaluation, and study can one make the best choice of a practical philosophy for a system safety program. The goal is to apply the best scientific and engineering principles in the best way, resulting in the soundest and safest possible system. "System Safety for the 21st Century" provides in-depth coverage of this specialized discipline within the safety profession. Written for both technical and nontechnical reference, this clearly organized text serves as a resource for both students and practitioners. It gives basic and essential information about the identification, evaluation, analysis, and control of hazards in components, systems, subsystems, processes, and facilities.
Integrating the changes to the field that have occurred since publication of the first edition, this revised and expanded resource offers: logical progression from basics to techniques to applications; new focus on process safety not found in other texts; a new and unique section on professionalism for system safety and other safety practitioners; and, presentation of both system safety scope and essentials. This book presents a consistent chapter format for easy learning that includes an introduction and summary for each chapter. It features review questions reinforcing important points. There is a combination of basis requirements with practical experience. It offers information on selected techniques to assess hazards and provide management oversight. There is an updated section on protecting against external events in the light of the global terrorist threat. This book presents critiques of existing systems, including those of the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy.
Relevant to industry, academia, and government, "System Safety for the 21st Century" is an essential resource for anyone studying or implementing proactive hazard identification and risk control techniques and procedures.
RICHARD A. STEPHANS, PE, CSP, of ARES Corporation, has been a System Safety Society member for twenty years and has served in leadership and other Society positions at the chapter and national level. He is the recipient of several Society awards, is a Fellow member, and is current Society representative to the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. He is the coeditor of the System Safety Analysis Handbook, which is published by the System Safety Society and currently sold in thirty-seven countries.
Foreword to System Safety for the 21st Century. Foreword to System Safety 2000. Preface. Acknowledgments for System Safety for the 21st Century. Acknowledgments for System Safety 2000. PART I. INTRODUCTION TO SYSTEM SAFETY. 1. The History of System Safety. 2. Fundamentals of System Safety. 3. Current Approaches to System Safety. 4. Problem Areas. 5. The Future of System Safety. PART II. SYSTEM SAFETY PROGRAM PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT. 6. Establishing the Groundwork. 7. Tasks. 8. System Safety Products. 9. Program Implementation. PART III. ANALYTICAL AIDS. 10. Analytical Trees. 11. Risk Assessment and Risk Acceptance. 12. Human Factors. PART IV. SYSTEM SAFETY ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES. 13. Energy Trace and Barrier Analysis. 14. Failure Mode and Effects Analysis. 15. Fault Tree Analysis. 16. Project Evaluation Tree. 17. Change Analysis. 18. Management Oversight and Risk Tree. 19. Event and Causal Factors Charts. 20. Other Analytical Techniques. PART V. PROCESS SAFETY. 21. Process Safety Management. 22. EPA's Equivalent Process Safety Requirements-Risk Management Program (RMP). 23. Process Safety Implementation. 24. Process Safety Reviews. PART VI. PROFESSIONALISM AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. 25. Professionalism and Professional Development. APPENDICES. Appendix I. The Scope and Functions of the Professional Safety Position. Appendix II. System Safety Society Fundamental Principles and Canons. Appendix III. Professional System Safety and Related Societies and Organizations. Glossary. References. Index.