Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Definition of Safety

I’m currently on the State Safety Program Training for a week... One definition the speaker would like us to memorized by heart is the definition of safety as stated in the ICAO Document No. 9859 (Safety Management Manual), Second Edition, which asserts that SAFETY is

“the state in which the possibility of harm to persons or of property damage is reduced to, and maintained at or below, an acceptable level through a continuing process of hazard identification and safety risk management”.

There is something in the definition that I don't feel comfortable, which is the notion “below an acceptable level"...

In my opinion, for the sake of clarity, the DEFINITION OF SAFETY should be rephrased to:

“the state in which the possibility of harm to persons or of property damage is reduced to, and maintained at or within, an acceptable level through a continuing process of hazard identification and safety risk management”.

Cheers!

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