The Hazard Analysis Management Tool (HAMT) is comprised of a database and user interface that manages hazard analysis information, manages hazard verifications, and manages relationships between hazard attributes and project elements. The tool offers numerous benefits including the ability for multiple users to simultaneously update information, auto-generation of hazard reports, improved data consistency, ability to quickly obtain up-to-date status reports, and the ability to execute complex queries on the hazard information. This tool does not provide a mechanism for the identification of hazards. The tool requires minimal IT overhead and is easily tailored for specific projects and/or user groups. This tool was developed as a support capability, and testing was limited to the operational environment in which it was initially deployed.

Hazard analysis includes several activities that are traditionally very manually intensive (creating hazard reports, tracing project artifacts to hazards, tracking hazard verification status, etc.). The objective of the HAMT is to provide a tool that improves hazard analysis efficiency and effectiveness subsequent to the identification of the hazards.

The HAMT is small and flexible to allow end customers to tailor it for their needs. It was created to increase efficiency and effectiveness of hazard analyses. The HAMT is comprised of a Microsoft Access front end (that contains the user interface) paired with a Microsoft Access back end (that stores the hazard analysis data). The tool may be used to enter, edit, and report information throughout the analysis lifecycle.

This work was done by Chad Schaeffer and John Schmidt of TASC, Inc. for Goddard Space Flight Center. GSC-16846-1

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