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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?

Metrology and Calibration Working Group Develops Agency-Wide Capabilities Database

NASA’s Metrology and Calibration Program Office at Kennedy Space Center released the NASA Calibration Capabilities database on May 19, 2015. The database lists the calibration capabilities of NASA centers, providing information on the types, measurement ranges and accuracies of calibrations that can be performed at each location. 

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Orion EFT-1 Postflight MMOD Inspection

The April 2015 issue of Orbital Debris Quarterly News features the article "Orion EFT-1 Postflight MMOD Inspection." Continue reading for the full article.

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Policy Changes Affecting Safety and Health Plans to Result in Cost Savings

Changes to NASA Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement 1852.223-73 will make NASA’s proposal review process quicker and more efficient. The requirement changes permit companies competing for low-cost and administrative contracts with minimal hazards to submit Safety and Health Plans after the contract is awarded.

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NASA’s Explosives Safety Course Revamped

NASA is rolling out an Explosives Safety course to replace center-specific courses and provide consistent training throughout the agency. Goddard Space Flight Center Explosives Safety Officer Gordon Marsh taught the updated course, “Basics Explosive Safety Training,” at Wallops Flight Facility on Feb. 11-12.

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NASA Safety Reporting

NASA Safety Reporting

Learn more about reporting safety concerns at NASA.
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This Month's Safety Message

What Role Does NASA Leadership Play in NASA Safety?

Watching for Signals, Keeping the Hunger, Setting the Tone

Any time there’s a lull in mishaps or high-visibility close calls, we have a natural tendency to shift focus to other demanding areas (cost, schedule, program risks). This can distract us from noticing the subtle clues that indicate that the next serious incident is about to occur.

Weak signals of danger are always evident, even if we do not notice them over the demands of daily activities.

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