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Concept of Safety: – Safety originates from the Latin word ‘salvus,’ meaning uninjured or in good health. – Safety involves protection against external harm events […]

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Concept of Safety:
– Safety originates from the Latin word ‘salvus,’ meaning uninjured or in good health.
– Safety involves protection against external harm events and ensuring internal installations are safe.
– Safety and security are related terms often used interchangeably.
– Safety is defined by public codes, standards, designs, and operational plans.
– Security involves protecting against external or internal threats to an organization’s steady state.

Types of Safety:
– Products can be safe, meet safety standards, or feel safe.
– Normative safety meets applicable design and construction standards.
– Substantive safety has a favorable real-world safety history.
– Perceived safety is based on users’ comfort and risk perception.
– Perceived safety influences regulations and behaviors.

Safety Standards and Organizations:
– Normative safety is achieved when products meet design and construction standards.
– Compliance with standards is crucial for normative safety.
– Substantive safety is based on a product’s favorable real-world safety history.
– Standards organizations like ASME and TÜV Rheinland ensure compliance with safety regulations.
– Various countries have their own standards institutions and national organizations accredit testing laboratories for safety certification.

Security and Safety Measures:
– Security focuses on preventing intentional criminal acts like assault or vandalism.
– Safety aims to reduce the risk of death, injury, or property damage.
– Safety measures include engineering responses, regulations, insurance, and internet safety.
– Safety interventions aim to prevent harm and ensure protection.
– Safety margins are designed to ensure products can handle stresses beyond their intended capacity.

Global Safety Regulations:
– In the United States, ANSI, FDA, CPSC, and OSHA set safety standards and oversee product safety testing.
– In the European Union, institutions like the EC, CEN, EFSA, and ESF are involved in setting safety standards.
– Countries like the UK, Canada, Germany, and Australia have their own standards institutions for safety regulation.
– Safety measures involve government and industry regulations, instruction manuals, instructional videos, and root cause analysis.
– Safety standards play a crucial role in ensuring public well-being and minimizing risks.

Safety (Wikipedia)

Safety is the state of being "safe", the condition of being protected from harm or other danger. Safety can also refer to the control of recognized hazards in order to achieve an acceptable level of risk.

Warning signs, such as this one, can improve safety awareness.
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