The System Safety Society

The System Safety Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Safety Professional in the application of Systems Engineering and Systems Management to the process of hazard, safety and risk analysis. The Society is international in scope and draws members throughout the world. It is affiliated with major corporations, educational institutions and other agencies in the United States and abroad.

Company details

Business Type:
Event organizer
Industry Type:
Health and Safety
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

The International System Safety Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Safety Professional in the application of Systems Engineering and Systems Management to the process of hazard, safety and risk analysis.  The Society is international in scope and draws members throughout the world.  It is affiliated with major corporations, educational institutions and other agencies in the United States and abroad.

The System Safety Concept

For almost any system, product, or service, the most effective means of limiting product liability and accident risks is to implement an organized system safety function beginning in the conceptual design phase, and continuing through to its development, fabrication, testing, production, use and ultimate disposal.

The International System Safety Society is a non-profit organization (IRS Classification 501(c)(6)) of 'Professionals Dedicated to the Safety of Systems, Products and Services' (Bylaws, Article I, Section 5). The System Safety concept is the application of systems engineering and systems management to the process of hazard, safety and risk analysis to identify, assess and control associated hazards while designing or modifying systems, products, or services. Before production, construction or operation, accident potential is eliminated or reduced by eliminating or controlling associated hazards. The system safety profession draws from a broad range of engineering, behavioral, scientific, legal and managerial skills. The Society is international in scope and draws members throughout the world and is affiliated with major corporations, educational institutions and other agencies in the United States and abroad.

Why an International System Safety Society?

Although avoiding hazards has long been recognized as a basic consideration by product managers, professional engineers and safety and loss prevention specialists, formalized efforts to incorporate activities specifically oriented toward hazard identification and control on a comprehensive and total life-cycle basis have been observed primarily only in relatively recent times.

It became apparent to system safety pioneers that then existing professional organizations and societies did not provide a sufficiently receptive and stimulating environment for the long-range objectives envisioned for the system safety concept. 

Therefore, in 1964, the System Safety Society was chartered in California and subsequently incorporated as a non-profit professional organization in the District of Columbia. The Society has enjoyed a steady growth in numbers, scope and influence over the years. The membership now extends to over a dozen different countries and a variety of professional occupations. Numerous local chapters have been formed throughout the U.S. and abroad to provide an opportunity for direct participation by interested members.

Objectives and Activities of the Society:

  1. Advance the state-of-the-art of System Safety,
  2. Contribute to a meaningful managerial and technological understanding of System Safety,
  3. Disseminate newly developed knowledge to all interested groups and parties,
  4. Improve the public understanding of the System Safety process and discipline,
  5. Promote System Safety to all levels of management, engineering and other professional groups,
  6. Foster communication within the System Safety profession and with other scientific, legal, public and professional groups,
  7. Encourage research into the development and application of new safety management, scientific or engineering techniques
  8. Encourage System Safety professional development and education.

Activities:

Through its local chapters, committees, executive council, publications and publications meetings the Society provides many opportunities for interested members to participate in a variety of activities compatible with Society objectives.

Service:

The Society provides many unique opportunities for interested members to participate in a variety of activities including such standing committees as Education, Membership, Professional Development, Publications, Public Relations, Standards Development and Conferences.

In the early 1960s, a small but dedicated group of managers, scientists, and engineers became personally involved in the initial implementation of system safety engineering in some of the major aerospace programs. They began to meet to share their common interests and visions for the potential of the system safety process in accident reduction. It soon became apparent to them that existing professional organizations and societies did not provide a sufficiently receptive and stimulating environment in which the long-range objectives envisioned for the system safety concept could flourish. Therefore, in 1962, the System Safety Society was organized and chartered in California through the dedicated efforts of Mr. Roger Lockwood and the founding pioneers. As the Society enjoyed a steady growth in numbers, scope and influence, it was incorporated as a non-profit professional organization (IRS Classification 501(c)(6)). The membership now extends to more than 24 different countries.

For more information on the history of the System Safety Society:

The Founding of the System Safety Society

The System Safety Society was founded by Roger Lockwood (USC) on Dec. 1, 1963, as a non-profit organization named the Aerospace System Safety Society. It was eventually chartered in the state of California on Feb. 11, 1964. The main supporters of this founding effort were C.O. Miller (USC) and Jerry Lederer (Flight Safety Foundation). The first chapter to form was the Northwest Chapter in Seattle, Washington in 1964  In 1967, the name of the society was changed to the System Safety Society by a ballot vote of all the members. Company memberships were instituted in 1972 under the guidance of Ed Fosler.

SSS Incorporation

On October 24, 1973, the System Safety Society was incorporated as a non-profit professional organization in the District of Columbia. The initial registered agent was Gordon F. MacDougal. The registered office was 1200 18th St. NW. Signers of the articles of incorporation were:

  • Mr. Emerson Harris (McLean, VA)
  • Mr. E.T. Driver (Reston, VA)
  • Mr. C.O. Miller (McLean, VA)

The original Board of Directors were:

  • Mr. E T. Driver
  • Mr. Donald 'Red' Layton
  • Mr. C.O. Miller
  • Mr. Loran W. Sapp
  • Mr. D.A. Smith

Benefits of Society Membership:

  • The International System Safety Society is the only professional organization specifically dedicated to promotion of the system safety concept at the local, national and international level.
  • Members benefit, both personally and professionally, through contacts with other members and interfacing with persons in related disciplines at Chapter meetings, symposia and annual International System Safety Conferences.
  • The Society promotes professionalism in the system safety discipline by establishing criteria and recognition for outstanding achievements.
  • Recognizing the critical need for technical and philosophical communications on system safety at a professional level, it publishes the bimonthly Journal of System Safety.
  • Members and employers receive assistance in finding and filling system safety positions.
  • The Society keeps its members informed of new technology and advancements.

Meetings, Conferences, & Symposia

  • International System Safety Conferences are sponsored annually. These Conferences have proven to be a popular and very effective means for highlighting the latest techniques, application and social-legal aspects of system safety.
  • Mini-symposia are sponsored by local Chapters, providing an in-depth exploration of specific system safety-related topics.
  • Chapter dinner meetings, field trips and panel discussions are held at intervals throughout the year.
  • The Society is a co-sponsor of various system safety-related symposia and conferences.

Who Can Join
Membership is open to anyone with professional qualifications in or currently involved in work related to system safety or an allied discipline. This is your invitation to join with other concerned individuals in a common cause to more effectively identify and control hazards associated with activities, products and systems!