Viability of a systemic safety management system

J. R. Santos-Reyes, A. N. Beard

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    Reliability may be regarded as the non-failure of a system whatever the causes of failure might be, whether management failure or hardware failures; and whatever the system. Concerning safety management systems, there is effectively no attention given in the literature to how evaluate quantitatively their effectiveness. There is a need to introduce the concept of viability of a systemic safety management system (SSMS) model and it has been define as: Viability = P(the SSMS has the capacity to maintain the risk within an acceptable range, for a stated period of time). This paper presents an illustrative computer simulation in order to evaluate the viability of a safety management system. Although, in this example, very simple, assumptions have been made, the simulation has given a flavour of the kind of simulation, which could be used to estimate the viability in a more complicated case. © 2006 Taylor & Francis Group.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the European Safety and Reliability Conference 2006, ESREL 2006 - Safety and Reliability for Managing Risk
    Number of pages5
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    EventProceedings of the Safety and Reliability for Managing Risk - Estoril, Portugal
    Duration: 22 Sept 2006 → …


    ConferenceProceedings of the Safety and Reliability for Managing Risk
    Abbreviated titleESREL 2006
    Period22/09/06 → …


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