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The Agency Safety Initiative (ASI):

The ASI is our program to become the nation’s leader in the safety and occupational health of our work force and the safety of the products and services we provide.

Safety plays an integral role in NASA's quest to expand frontiers in aeronautics and space. As we move into the 21st century, we have designated safety and health as our highest priority. We will not compromise the safety and health of our people and property nor harm the environment. We are working to achieve zero mishaps in the NASA workplace, keeping in mind that every employee's safety and health, both on and off the job, is our concern.

The ASI is aimed at strengthening NASA's capabilities so that safety permeates every aspect of NASA work and we routinely incorporate safety and health principles and practices into our daily decision making processes and lives.

The NASA Safety Hierarchy:

The ASI establishes the NASA safety hierarchy -the order we will use to prioritize our safety efforts. The safety hierarchy is:

  • First, safety for the public. We absolutely must protect the public from harm.
  • Second, safety for astronauts and pilots, because they expose themselves to risk in high hazard flight regimes
  • Third, safety for NASA workforce, because we owe it to our NASA workforce to provide them with a safe and healthful workplace.
  • Fourth, safety for high-value equipment and property, because we are stewards of the public's trust.

By focusing on the safety of NASA's mission and operations, we will improve quality and decrease cost and schedule.

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The SHARE Initiative:

"Most aspects of the human space flight and aeronautics programs are inherently dangerous, so that in the areas of safety, as well as occupational health, NASA’s programs have been rigorous and directed to protect its employees in all environments."

Thumb nail image of Shaer award As part of NASA’s management commitment NASA strives to exceed externally applied safety goals, such as those identified in the Safety, Health and Return-to-Employment (SHARE) Initiative. NASA was recently recognized by the SHARE Initiative for achieving a 10% reduction in total and lost time case rates for Fiscal Year 2004. Additionally NASA’s management routinely monitors our overall safety performance using measurements displayed in ERASMUS. (NASA only) Additional reporting information can be obtained by selecting the Metrics and Reports button.

On April 5, 2002, NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe signed a letter to all NASA employees on the topic of safety. Click on the button to read how "safety permeates all that we do to assure zero mishaps".
System Safety presentaion “If eternal vigilance is the price of liberty, then chronic unease is the price of safety." Read Dr. Michael A. Greenfield's, Ph.D. Deputy Associate Administrator Office of Safety and Mission Assurance presentation at the 19th International System Safety Conference in Huntsville, AL on September 11, 2001 (Large file: 3 Meg.)
"It Can’t Happen to Me" Avoid emergency room visits.

"It Can’t Happen to Me" in 2000, nearly one out of every 10 U.S. residents received treatment in a hospital emergency room (ER).

Safety Tips index Safety Tips is an index of all of the Safety Newsletters from the NASA Centers. [Please note: Many of these links no longer work. This link is for archive purposes]
NASA Administrator's letter NASA Administrator's letter to employees: "NASA is considered a model for others who wish to avoid such preventable incidents. Well done!"

Food Borne Illness

"Atlanta’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate food-borne illnesses strike 76 million people each year. More than 300,000 are hospitalized, and 5,000 die." Learn how to avoid getting sick.
Hotel Hazards Have you ever been in a hotel during a fire? It’s a frightening experience, and you should start thinking about it." Read the briefing from the Flight Attendants Association of Australia.
Daniel S. Goldin at NASA Remarks of the Honorable Daniel S. Goldin at NASA Headquarters Safety Day on Thursday, May 13, 1999
Presentation slides The Director, Safety and Risk Management presented the Agency Safety Initiative approach to the employees and managers of Code Y in a meeting on November 3, 1999 at the Headquarters. Dr. Asrar, AA, Office of Earth Science voiced his support and embellished the presentation with examples of how we, in the headquarters might apply ourselves to the ideals of the initiative.

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NASA Strategic Plan.

"We will conduct our business with an enhanced fervor for safety" from the updated NASA Strategic Plan.
New Safety Poster Click here to see the new Safety Poster
How will we implement the ASI? How will we implement the ASI?
overarching ASI  actions Click here for a list of overarching ASI actions.
Presentation slides on the NASA Agency Safety Initiative On February 26, 1999, Mr. Frederick D. Gregory, Associate Administrator,Office of Safety and Mission Assurance, gave a presentation to the NASA Administrator and the Senior Management Council on the NASA Agency Safety Initiative.

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 Performance Evaluation Profile Agencywide Performance Evaluation Profile (PEP) Survey Status [NASA Only]
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This page was last updated on April 27, 2007
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