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.