Functional and Systems Safety Management

We provide safety management support services to the MoD, Primes and SME defence contractors for in-service, legacy and Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) equipment, including: standalone equipment, vehicles, complex weapons systems, installations, transmitter sites, capabilities and system of systems. These services are delivered across all phases of the CADMID cycle.

In September 2006 an RAF Nimrod crashed killing 14 people.
Charles Haddon-Cave QC identified a failure in safety awareness as a key factor in the accident and made some key recommendations on how to resolve the organisational shortfalls in considering safety.
The MoD has subsequently identified Safety Duty Holders, legally responsible individuals, who must ensure ‘a platform is safe to operate’. 
The CDS Defence Support Safety Management Team can provide the necessary levels of engineering analysis to assure that platforms and capabilities are ‘safe to operate’ and identify where residual risks exist.
If you can’t provide the evidence to demonstrate that your platform is safe to operate, then you simply aren’t safe to operate it. CDS Defence Support can help.


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CDS’ safety management support services include the provision of:

Safety Management Systems

Safety Management Plans

Hazard Identification and Analysis

Hazard and Operability Study (HAZOP)

Risk Estimation

Risk & ALARP Evaluation

Hazard Logs

Safety Appraisal – Safety Cases produced retrospectively for legacy equipment

Safety Case Reports to support both legacy and new equipment

Independent Safety Audits

Independent Safety Assessments

Independent Safety Advice

Safety Management System Audits


The delivery of our services is achieved by the use of specialist tools including but not limited to:



Adelard Safety Case Environment (ASCE)




Independent Safety Audit, Assessment and Advice (ISA)

Air Domain

Land Domain

Ordnance/Munitions/Explosives (OME)

Complex Weapons Systems

Communications Equipment and Systems

Safety Training


Independent and unbiased – we have no commercial allegiances with manufacturers

We employ engineers with specialist expertise and experience in meeting Defence sector requirements

Security cleared staff – High level security cleared staff capable of handling protectively marked materials up to the highest levels

Spacious Government approved secure premises including storage, workshops, vehicle bay and meeting rooms

An innovative flexible approach that has earned CDS a reputation for successfully delivering challenging projects