MIL-STD-882 "System Safety Program Requirements"/"Standard Practice for System Safety"

This military standard addresses a wide range of safety management and safety engineering issues, but does not address as wide a range of engineering issues. In particular MIL-STD-882 provides only a scant version of the concept of a Safety Integrity Level (SIL) to be followed in the development of software, and thus this safety standard is commonly paired with another such as RTCA/DO-178 "Software Considerations in Airborne Systems and Equipment Certification" to fill this gap.

Different issues of this standard have contained varying amounts of detail on the tasks which should be performed to make a system acceptably safe. For example, issue C described multiple tasks which can be used to meet the general requirements of the standard, where issue D omitted this detail, which led to many organisations using issue C and waiting for issue E to be released which reinstated the tasks.


Boeing Australia Limited, Aerospace Support division in their integration of a Stand Off Weapon and a Secure Voice capability to the F/RF-111C for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).


MIL-STD-882 is available through ASSIST.


Other MIL-STD may also be relevant to your organisation.


For help in applying MIL-STD-882, contact Savive.