A systems approach is needed to build comprehensive and valid solutions to transportation safety. Such safety efforts should contain the following elements: a method description; a method for diagnosis;a way to assesse exposure and risks; a way to identify experiment with, and standardize treatments; a way to anticipate and forestall system failures; and a way to evaluate the work of past treatments. Transportation is defined as a controlled vehicle carrying an animate or inanimate cargo through a travel medium (air, water, guideway) in a dynamic condition in which cargo vehicle, controls, travel way, and travel-way environment are ever-changing interrelated variables. Each component is a function of both internal subsystems and direct or indirect interactions with other subsystems. This basic system could be enlarged to eventually describe the entirety of the transportation system in exhaustive detail. The comprehensive systems approach should clearly define the possible failures and should also allow more reasonable assessments of their magnitude and possible consequences. Leadership is necessary to launch (implement), operate and maintain the large and long-term effort to bring a systems approach to transportation safety. The Transportation Research Board can supply that leadership. The NCHRP could fund a project to determine its feasibility.

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  • Accession Number: 00316380
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 8 1980 12:00AM