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Safety and Risk Management

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    Johnson Space Center's Safety, Quality Assurance, & Risk Management teams assure successful spaceflight for your system, function, project, or program by assessing the probability to safely perform as intended, under predetermined conditions, and with an acceptable minimum of accidental loss. Our safety and quality assurance program reveals an overall picture of risks to reduce the cost of mission success and promote a healthy work environment. Specialty engineering principles are coherently integrated at the right times to address relevant issues. Our team approach, with its history of proven successes, uses expert skills, analytical methodologies, and a pool of trained professionals.


    • Risk Management
      Risk Management is a formalized system for managing risks (risk identification, analysis and planned approach). Through a continuous risk management process we are able to better control risk through informed decision making. We provide training and assistance in the performance of continuous risk management.
    • Safety Engineering
      Safety engineering is used throughout the life cycle of a system to help identify and eliminate hazards that could injure people or damage hardware. With the complexity of systems continually growing, safety analyses and hazard control are vital to mission success.
    • Quality Engineering
      Quality Engineers produce and/or verify products to assure that adequate design and manufacturing requirements are specified in processes and project design specifications.
    • Reliability Engineering
      Reliability engineers ensure the consistent performance and successful operation of a product or system by participating in design, development, and product assurance activities.
    • Probabilistic Risk Assesment
      Probabilistic Risk Assessment is a comprehensive, structured, and disciplined approach for identifying, analyzing and quantifying risk in engineered systems. PRA is primarily used as a decision support tool that uncovers design and operational weakness in engineered systems and then helps to systematically identify and prioritize safety improvements.
    • Quality Assurance
      Quality Assurance specialists implement quality assurance functions by defining & imposing requirements for contracted government procurements. The specialists use quality assurance techniques to provide verification that contractor processes and products meet or exceed contracted requirements.
    • Software Assurance
      Software development, verification, and integration with hardware presents significant risk to the cost, schedule, and technical management of a project or a program. By implementing a software assurance program, at program startup, a program can better ensure and verify the quality and reliability of software while reducing program risks.
    • Institutional Safety
      Safety & Quality Assurance (S&QA) offers ground safety and health expertise to assess varied test safety systems and environments. The test safety officer function is made up of experienced, preeminently qualified professionals with a consistently valued ability to identify unique hazards and offer tailored solutions. JSC S&QA’s pressure systems managers, engineers and inspectors are among the agency’s leaders in system design, operation, and assessment. They have specialized fluid system expertise working with the most volatile chemicals at White Sands Test Facility and many human-rated systems at JSC. In addition, our institutional safety representatives are OSHA-recognized leaders and industry mentors offering progressive management strategies and practices to prevent a wide variety of workplace injuries and mishaps.

Safety & Quality Assurance Facilities

  • NASA Safety Training Center

    NASA Safety Training Center

    The safety training center provides up-to-date, high quality, instructor-led, specialized safety training on location or via Video Teleconferencing System (ViTS). A partial listing of the specialized training includes Occupational/Industrial Health and Safety Training (Underground Construction, Caissons, and Cofferdams; Safety in High Pressure Operations; Hypergol Systems: Design, Buildup and Operation), Safety Engineering Courses (Payload Safety Review Process), Special Programs (Control Team/Crew Resource Management; Mission Assurance for On-Orbit Spacecraft Operations Overview), Mishap Investigation and Root Cause Analysis.

  • Inspection & Test Facility - Surface Mount Technology

    Inspection and Test Facility

    This facility/laboratory provides for inspection, testing (mechanical, electrical, chemical), and failure analyses of flight hardware components and identification of counterfeit parts. Hands-on training is also provided to technicians, inspectors, and engineers with respect to workmanship standards needed to fabricate electrical or electronic systems. The laboratory is ISO 9001 registered and A2LA accredited.

S&MA Technical Brochure

  • S&MA Technical Brochure

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    Download Safety & Mission Assurance Technical Brochure (PDF).

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