Maritime Independent Safety Auditing

RPS has provided Independent Safety Audit (ISA) support for Maritime Combat Systems (MCS) including audit of key project documents and audit of maritime project teams’ safety management systems. The range of equipment safety cases reviewed includes submarine equipment such as ship active decoys, remote operated vehicles, weapon control systems and whole platform management systems.

Key details

Project name
Maritime Independent Safety Auditing

Ministry of Defence


Services provided

  • Independent safety audit
  • Safety assessment
  • Regulatory compliance monitoring



The contract is complex and demanding, presenting a variety of challenges, not least of which is an understanding the context for each Safety Case and the appropriate legislation and standards.

Under this contract the challenge is to provide Independent Safety and Environmental Audit / Advice to five programme areas, including: Underwater and Electronic Warfare (UEW); Communications and Situational Awareness (CSA); Maritime Training Acquisition Organisation (MTAO); Fleet Wide Combat Management Systems (FW CMS); Maritime Electronic Warfare Programme (MEWP). Each area has different complications and many systems were significantly behind with their safety and environmental assurance process.

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Using a dedicated team, the solution was to implement ASEMS and MoD polices, including production of an overarching safety and environmental audit programme to cover the whole remit of the MCS team supporting development of: SEM plans, hazard logs, legislation and standards registers, and; safety and environmental case reports to POSMS and POEMS. The project also included supporting safety and environmental working group and panel meetings incorporating safety and environmental legislation and hazard identification, risk assessments, environmental screening and scoping and management reviews.

Our advice has helped to support the project team in reducing the project safety risks not just for individual equipment but throughout the structure of the organisation.

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