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The Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA) assures the safety and enhances the success of all NASA activities. Take a look around our new website to learn what's happening in NASA's Safety and Mission Assurance community including updates on disciplines, programs, policies and personnel.

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What's Happening in the SMA Community?

Goddard's Dr. Cheryl Marshall Wins Radiation Effects Award at IEEE Conference

Dr. Cheryl Marshall of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center was awarded the prestigious Radiation Effects Award during the IEEE Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference (NSREC) held in Boston July 13-17, 2015. 

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SMA Leadership Profile: Russ DeLoach

Russ DeLoach, Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) director at Kennedy Space Center (KSC), has more than 27 years of experience in SMA. As director, he ensures KSC’s programs, including Ground Systems Development and Operations, Commercial Crew, Launch Services, Orion, and the International Space Station, have the necessary SMA support to succeed.

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Dust Study Explored Impact of Meteoroids on Solar Probe Plus Project

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, with the support of NASA’s Meteoroids Environments Office, conducted a dust study as a part of NASA’s Solar Probe Plus mission to explore the sun’s outer atmosphere. 

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NASA’s Construction Safety Working Group Puts Focus on Fall Protection

Fall Protection Program administrators from each center joined NASA’s Construction Safety Working Group at Kennedy Space Center June 2-3 to provide valuable input on one of the most dangerous work activities in construction. The group members helped focus this second annual face-to-face on fall protection, including discussions on requirements, rescue plans and training. 

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NASA Safety Reporting

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This Month's Safety Message

Workplace Safety on ISS

Like any other NASA facility, the International Space Station (ISS) requires regular maintenance and upkeep. Inside the ISS’s dynamic environment, regular cleaning and routine inspections prevent both health and hardware problems. The crew cleans essential systems, work stations and emergency equipment to ensure readiness for use at a moment’s notice.

Office of Safety and Mission Assurance

What We Do

The Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA) assures the safety and enhances the success of all NASA activities through the development, implementation and oversight of agency-wide safety, reliability, maintainability and quality assurance policies and procedures. OSMA includes the Mission Support Division, Safety and Assurance Requirements Division, and NASA Safety Center, as well as the Independent Verification and Validation Facility.

Policy Status Updates

Recently Published

Policy Title Status
NPD 8730.5B
NASA Quality Assurance Program Policy
Revision effective Oct. 2, 2014
NPR 8705.4
Risk Classification for NASA Payloads
Revision effective Oct. 2, 2014
NPD 8730.1C
Metrology and Calibration
Revision effective Oct. 2, 2014
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Currently in Review

Policy Title
NASA-HDBK-8709.24 NASA Safety Culture Handbook
NASA Requirements for Ground-Based Pressure Vessels and Pressurized Systems (PVS)
Process for Limiting Orbital Debris
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Upcoming Reviews

Policy Title
Safety Standard for Fire Protection
Facility System Safety Guidebook
Planning, Developing, and Managing an Effective Reliability and Maintainability Program
» More Policy Updates