Formal Safety Assessment
Formal Safety Assessment is a structured, systematic five-step methodology, aimed at enhancing maritime safety including the protection of life, health, the marine environment and property using risk analysis, cost benefit analysis and regulatory influence diagrams to facilitate decision making.
What Are The Benefits Of Fsa?
It buys as much safety as possible
Chooses options for risk control that overall give:-
good reduction of risk and,
good value for money
Therefore needs to know not only that a particular measure will:-
improve safety or environmental protection but also:-
by how much, and
at what cost ?
2. Ensures the safety measures are equitable
Makes sure that securing benefit(s) for some is not unreasonably at the expense or detriment of others
Therefore needs to know for any particular safety or environmental protection measure:
who carries the risk
who benefits from the risk reduction and
who bears the cost
The Five Step Process
The following Flowchart demonstrates the 5 step FSA methodology.
Using the information provided by the FSA process the decision-makers decide! The FSA process does not supplant or undermine the decision-making role but provides reliable information. For the latest version of GUIDELINES FOR FORMAL SAFETY ASSESSMENT (FSA) FOR USE IN THE IMO RULE-MAKING PROCESS, please go the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) website at www.imo.org.
We provide a service that covers both internal and external customers. Internal customers want access to reliable casualty information or information management and technical risk assessment assistance leading to effectively targeted regulation development. External customers such as the UK maritime industry, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and European Union (EU) Technical Committees also benefit from our advice.
What We Do
For further information please
Research and Planning
Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Tel: 023 80329 171