Risk & Safety Management

Hazard Tracking System (HTS)

A Hazard Tracking System (HTS) is a tool used by a Program Management Office (PMO), Program Managers (PM), Systems Engineers, and Safety Manager to track safety hazards. The purpose of a HTS is to effectively manage hazard analysis data and facilitate a hazard discovery and hazard risk mitigation process. The objectives of a HTS include: [2]

  • Provide a means to effectively influence design to ensure that safety is optimized in a system
  • Provide data and information necessary to effectively manage risk
  • Document approaches, decisions and actions are taken to eliminate or reduce risks of hazards
  • Provide a method for closed-loop tracking of actions and/or decisions
  • Provide means for effectively organizing, managing, and updating hazard data

MIL-STD-882E: “Standard Practice for System Safety” – Page 38

According to MIL-STD-882E a HTS should include the following data elements: [1]

  • Identified hazards
  • Associated mishaps
  • Risk assessments (initial, target, event(s))
  • Identified risk mitigation measures
  • Selected mitigation measures
  • Hazard status
  • Verification of risk reductions
  • Risk acceptances

A HTS is similar to a Risk Register. A Risk Register is a Risk Management tool used by the Program Manager (PM) and program personnel that provides a means of recording the identified risks, the Risk Analysis of their severity and the necessary management actions to be taken. It can be a simple document, spreadsheet or computer database system and acts as a central repository for all risks identified by the project.

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Updated: 7/27/2021

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