The system description seems to be the “elephant in the living room,” i.e., you know it is there but you are not sure what to do about it.
The system description is the most important step in the development of a safety management system. Unfortunately, nearly every organization “alleging” to have an SMS skips it.
Why do I say alleging to have an SMS? As you read this article, it will become clear an effective SMS is dependent upon identifying system vulnerabilities and ensuring they are under organizational control.