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Order 8040.4C - Safety Risk Management Policy

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Safety Risk Management Policy
Date issued
Office of Primary Responsibility
AVP-1, Accident Investigation
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Order purpose statement

This order establishes the Safety Risk Management (SRM) policy for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). It also establishes common terms and processes used to analyze, assess, mitigate, and accept safety risk in the aerospace system. The design of this policy is to prescribe common SRM language and communication standards to be applied throughout the FAA. Furthermore, the policy recognizes that FAA organizations have unique missions and requirements, so it allows flexibility in how organizations conduct SRM and the tools and techniques that are employed. Specific requirements in this order apply when a safety issue or planned change affects more than one FAA Line of Business (LOB) or Staff Office. When the team conducting the assessment comprises members from multiple LOBs and Staff Offices, the team uses the risk matrices in this policy unless all stakeholder FAA organizations agree to use a different method or tool. However, if a safety issue or planned change only affects one LOB or Staff Office, the affected organization can use its existing safety risk assessment methodology, and it does not have to use the severity and likelihood definitions or risk matrices in Appendix C. Processes for assessing risk within the FAA should be consistent with SRM principles within this order. Appendix A, Definitions, contains definitions for terms used in this policy. Appendix B, Acronyms, contains acronyms used in this policy.


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Cancelled documents
Number Title Date
8040.4B Safety Risk Management Policy 2017-05-02