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Basic Guide to System Safety, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-471-72241-0
240 pages
March 2006, ©2006
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Provides a nuts-and-bolts understanding of current system safety practices

Basic Guide to System Safety is an ideal primer for practicing occupational safety and health professionals and industrial safety engineers needing a quick introductionto system safety principles. Designed to familiarize the reader with the applicationof scientific and engineering principles for the timely identification of hazards, thisbook efficiently outlines the essentials of system safety and its impact on day-to-dayoccupational safety and health.

Divided into two main parts - The System Safety Program and System Safety Analysis: Techniques and Methods - this easy-to-understand book covers:

  • System safety concepts
  • System safety program requirements
  • Probability theory and statistical analysis
  • Preliminary hazard analysis
  • Failure mode and effect analysis
  • Hazard and Operability Studies (HAZOP) and what-if analyses
The Second Edition reflects current industry practices with a new chapter on the basic concepts, utility, and function of HAZOP and what-if analyses, two analytical techniques that have been routinely and successfully used in the petrochemical industry for decades. In addition, expanded coverage on the use of the job safety analysis (JSA) adds practical examples emphasizing its value and understanding.
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1. System Safety: An Overview.

2. System Safety Concepts.

3. System Safety Program Requirements.

4. The Industrial Safety Connection.

Chapter 5. Probability Theory and Statistical Analysis.


6. Preliminary Hazard Analysis.

7. Subsystem and System Hazard Analysis.

8. Operating and Support Hazard Analysis.

9. Energy Trace and barrier Analysis.

10. Failure Mode and Effect Analysis.

11. Fault or Functional Hazard Analysis.

12. Fault Tree Analysis.

13. Management Oversight and Risk Tree.

14. HAOP and What-If Analyses.

15. Special Use Analysis Techniques.


Appendix A: Sources of Additional Information and Training.

Appendix B: Acronyms and Abbreviations.




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JEFFREY W. VINCOLI, CSP, received the Performance Excellence Award in 2002 for his work at the World Trade Center disaster recovery. Currently, he is the Manager of Corporate Environmental Health and Safety Assessments and Procedures for Bechtel Corporation. He has decades of experience as a consultant and professional safety engineer for companies including McDonnell Douglas/Boeing. He is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the System Safety Society, and the National Environmental Health Association and has written numerous journal articles on occupational safety.

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  • Chapter on Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) studies
  • Chapter on What-If Analysis
  • Expanded chapter on Job Hazard Analysis
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  • Approaches the subject without assuming that the student has an extensive background in system safety engineering
  • Provides a working knowledge of basic system safety concepts without delving too deeply into engineering and technical intricacies – such a basic understanding is necessary and important for all safety professionals
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