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Product Safety


Objective

Advance rigorous safety and quality controls throughout design and manufacturing processes to ensure that the use of our products and services does not pose uncontrolled or unacceptable risks to customers, employees, suppliers or the general public.

Management  

Lockheed Martin is committed to providing its customers with safe and reliable products that meet or exceed applicable regulations and standards. In support of this commitment, the Quality, Mission Success and System Safety policy requires each Business Area to establish a Product Safety function with the independent authority to evaluate the safety of products and services and associated processes throughout the product life-cycle. The Product Safety function has unrestricted access to the Business Area's senior executive.

Product Safety encompasses design safety, system safety, development and test safety, sustainment safety and activities that have a direct bearing on the safety of Lockheed Martin products and services. The Product Safety functions works closely with the engineering, risk management and operations functions to ensure that safe designs and operational concepts are identified as early as possible in the product life-cycle, and that hazards are identified and eliminated or mitigated. 

We identified and initiated two best practices in 2020. They are:

  • Standing up a Corporate Product Safety Committee comprising leaders from across our Business Areas who meet quarterly and report to Lockheed Martin’s Vice President of Engineering.
  • Launching a new Safety Management System to establish company-wide expectations for product safety.  The new system includes a Safety Policy, risk management procedures, safety assurance guidelines and safety promotion activities.

 

 

2020 SMP Goals

Track and report product failure or nonconformance due to manufacturing processes.

Achievement

Success: We do not disclose performance data we deem competitive and proprietary. We track measures specific to each of our lines of business that indicate the quality of our manufacturing processes.

Product Safety
Integrating Safety Controls in Battery Monitoring

At Lockheed Martin, we are leveraging our innovative research and development (R&D) capabilities to improve lithium-ion battery storage safety and future battery designs. Battery fires can result from damage or mishandling, but they can also be spontaneous and may result in personal injury or damage to nearby products. Our research aims to improve the detection and prevention of lithium-ion battery thermal runaway during battery storage, production, transport, testing and operation. By integrating low size, weight and power wireless network monitoring devices at the battery cell level, we can detect failure early and notify users if any cells are approaching hazardous conditions. The use of low size, weight and power commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) electronics makes our solution significantly cheaper, resulting in minimal implementation costs for a larger number of products and units. Data from these devices also provide opportunities to study the root causes of battery failure and improve battery designs in the future.

Product Safety
Elements of an Effective Safety Management System
  • Safety Policy. We define management commitment and objectives, and establish a framework of organizational structures, accountabilities, plans, procedures and controls to meet the objectives.
  • Safety Risk Management. We conduct initial and continuing identification of hazards, analysis and assessment of safety risks and development and implementation of effective and appropriate mitigations and safety risk controls throughout the product/system life-cycle.
  • Safety Assurance. We assess the performance and effectiveness of risk controls and ensure that risk controls perform in a way that continue to meet their safety objectives. This is accomplished through data collection, tracking and analysis to determine that requirements are being met, and investigate accidents and safety non-compliances for causation and lessons learned.
  • Safety Promotion. We promote continuous improvement by ensuring communication of safety information, employee training and competency development and establishing a safety culture within the organization.

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