alternative safety approach (ASA)

A performance-based approach to achieving compliance with the Safety Standards Act, which allows owners or operators of regulated product or equipment to meet safety objectives in ways other than those prescribed by the regulations.

  • Equivalent standards approach (ESA): A limited-scope alternative safety approach that applies to a limited aspect of an installation or operation.
  • Safety management plan (SMP): A broad-scope alternative safety approach that may include the safety of all regulated product or equipment and regulated work at an entire facility.