PSFC Safety Analysis

Plasma Science and Fusion Center

Office of Environment, Safety, and Health


190 Albany Street, NW21 2nd floor
617-253-8440 (Catherine Fiore)
617-253-8917 (Matt Fulton)
617-253-5982 (Bill Byford)
617-258-5473 (Nancy Masley)
Fax 617-252-1808

Be Safe or Die


PSFC Safety Analysis Format

Version 1.2

January 31,1997

Stephen A. Fairfax and Catherine L. Fiore

Before a critical system (one that poses significant hazards to personnel or equipment) is put into operation, a safety analysis report is required. This document outlines the format of the safety analysis report. Authors of such reports are strongly encouraged to follow this format to ensure uniform standards and complete reporting of all hazards. The safety analysis will be used by future designers, operators, and other personnel to identify and understand hazards and protective measures before working on the equipment. A uniform format will enhance the utility of the safety analysis to these people. If the proper information for any field listed below is "None" or "Not Applicable" then that should be entered rather than omitting the field from the report.

The SAR will be presented to the PSFC Safety Committee, and signed by two reviewers designated by the Safety Officer. This document will provide guidance to the committee for assessing the safe conduct of the experiment.

Title: Give the title of the report. If the document is produced on a computer, give its filename and the name of the computer.

Author: The name of the person writing the safety analysis.

Version: Draft versions should be numbered 0.1, 0.2 etc. The first version placed in the QA file should be numbered 1.0. Subsequent minor revisions should be numbered 1.1, 1.2, etc. Keep a history of versions in this section as shown below. New major versions (2.0, 3.0) may be started when, in the opinion of the author, the document has been substantially edited or re-organized.

Release History:

Version 0.1 Released 9/ 4/90 by S. Fairfax. Reviewed by C. Fiore.

Version 0.2 Released 9/11/90 by S. Fairfax. Reviewed by C. Fiore, C. Park. Expanded descriptions of each field. Added callouts for laser radiation and overhead work areas. Revised elements to be reported in activation section.

Version 1.0 Released 9/12/90 by S. Fairfax. Added introduction, field for applicable national specifications or standards.

Version 1.1 Released 12/12/91 by C. Fiore. Generalized the procedure to apply to PSFC wide experiments: eliminated references to Alcator systems and procedures. Also added the section on credible accidents and reformatted in TEX.

Version 1.2 Released 1/31/97 by C. Fiore. Reformatted in Word. Updated to reflect change of name of PSFC.

Date:Give the date that the document is released (placed in the QA fileand available for inspection by others.)

System or Experiment Name: Identify the system being analyzed.

Person Responsible: List the person with primary responsibility for the system. Do not list persons who will not stay with the project. (students, visiting scientists, contractors, etc.)

Names of other Personnel Involved: List any other persons involved, including students, visiting scientists, etc.

Purpose of Equipment: Summarize the purpose or use of the equipment.

Apparatus Used: List the main apparatus and any other pieces that are directly related to safety. A complete listing of all parts is neither desired or required.

Location: Give the location of the equipment. If the equipment is portable, list its normal storage area and/or the areas where it is most often used. If the equipment may be moved (e.g. a diagnostic that moves from lab to cell) list both areas.

References: List controlling or other related documents.

Standards:List the name and current revision of any applicable standards or specifications. Examples included published MIT safety rules, local building or fire codes, state or federal regulations, and national or international standards such as ANSI, ASTM, or VDE.

Introduction:Provide a brief description of the experiment, the related equipment, and hoe it will be run.

Identification of Hazards:

Protective Measures: For each hazard identified, list the equipment, interlocks, or other measures used to mitigate the hazard. Include a listing of all labels, placards, or other warning devices used to call attention to the hazard. If special procedures are required, attach a copy of the procedure (See Required Elements for Safety Related Procedures.)

Testing and Maintenance Requirements: Provide a procedure to test or verify the operation of protective equipment. Include the procedure here if it is brief (less than 1 page) otherwise reference a separate document. If there are any safety-related maintenance requirements (annual inspections, battery replacement, etc.) list them.

Credible Accidents: Discuss any credible accidents, their consequences, and the features which limit the potential for injury to personnel and damage to the facility.