A comparison of commercial/industry and nuclear weapons safety concepts

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In this paper the authors identify factors which influence the safety philosophy used in the US commercial/industrial sector and compare them against those factors which influence nuclear weapons safety. Commercial/industrial safety is guided by private and public safety standards. Generally, private safety standards tend to emphasize product reliability issues while public (i.e., government) safety standards tend to emphasize human factors issues. Safety in the nuclear weapons arena is driven by federal requirements and memoranda of understanding (MOUs) between the Departments of Defense and Energy. Safety is achieved through passive design features integrated into the nuclear weapon. Though the common strand ... continued below

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Bennett, R.R. & Summers, D.A. July 1, 1996.

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In this paper the authors identify factors which influence the safety philosophy used in the US commercial/industrial sector and compare them against those factors which influence nuclear weapons safety. Commercial/industrial safety is guided by private and public safety standards. Generally, private safety standards tend to emphasize product reliability issues while public (i.e., government) safety standards tend to emphasize human factors issues. Safety in the nuclear weapons arena is driven by federal requirements and memoranda of understanding (MOUs) between the Departments of Defense and Energy. Safety is achieved through passive design features integrated into the nuclear weapon. Though the common strand between commercial/industrial and nuclear weapons safety is the minimization of risk posed to the general population (i.e., public safety), the authors found that each sector tends to employ a different safety approach to view and resolve high-consequence safety issues.

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OSTI as DE96012928

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  • 14. national system safety conference, Albuquerque, NM (United States), 12-17 Aug 1996

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  • Other: DE96012928
  • Report No.: SAND--96-1579C
  • Report No.: CONF-960869--10
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 266630
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc666819

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Bennett, R.R. & Summers, D.A. A comparison of commercial/industry and nuclear weapons safety concepts, article, July 1, 1996; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc666819/: accessed October 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.