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Standards Development

APT personnel have helped establish safety programs and standards for local, service, national, and international organizations. Customers include Range Commanders Council, DoD Explosives Safety Board, USATCES, Air Force Safety Center, Naval Ordnance Center, Marine Corps System Command, WSMR, NATO RAWG, Yuma Proving Ground, NATO, and UK MOD.


APT personnel participated on a team, under the G-48 Committee to develop the ANSI/GEIA-STD-0010, Standard Best Practices for System Safety Program Development and Execution, and have been recognized for their significant contributions in the development and production of the standard. The areas in which APT personnel were recognized for their support include guidance, oversight, early writing, and key reviews; core writing and editorial group; and graphics and document production support. APT was also responsible for compiling a matrix of over 150 comments from an international group of safety professionals, which were later incorporated into the standard, and tracking them to closure. The Huntsville-based committee presented a draft version of the standard to the G-48 Committee in May 2008; the finalized version was approved on February 12, 2009.

DoD Risk-Based Explosives Safety Criteria Team (RBESCT)

This team was established in 1997 by the DoD Explosives Safety Board (DDESB). The team is chartered to develop risk-based techniques to be applied to a variety of situations within the DoD involving explosives materials. The work of this team has resulted in new guidance for siting of explosives facilities, the DDESB Technical Paper 14, "Risk-Based Explosives Safety Analysis," and the development of a new software tool, Safety Assessment for Explosives Risk (SAFER) for use by safety professionals world-wide. APT has the contract to provide technical support to the team and to develop and maintain the SAFER software. The team continues to develop new and improved policies for risk-based applications with meetings scheduled frequently.

NATO AC/258 - Risk Analysis Working Group (RAWG)

This team was chartered to develop and promulgate a manual for international use in assessing explosives risks. This manual AASTP-4 "Risk Analysis Manual," was drafted by A-P-T Research, Inc., improved upon by team members from various nations, and published in draft form in February 2001. The team continues to meet periodically to further establish risk-based techniques to help provide the safety of operations involving explosives materials.

Range Commander's Council (RCC) Risk And Lethality Commonality Team (RALCT)

This team was chartered in 1996 to develop common standards of risk protection for use at all of the national ranges. Membership included all the national ranges. APT reported directly to the chairman. APT's responsibilities included coordinating the technical effort; conducting analyses and research; compiling, coordinating, and publishing RCC Std. 321, "Common Risk Criteria for National Test Ranges: Inert Debris (RSG)." This groundbreaking standard defined, for the first time, acceptable risk criteria and an 8-step process for conducting quantitative risk assessments. Currently, the team continues to meet infrequently for updates and improvements to the standard.

Point of Contact

Tom Pfitzer 256.327.3373

Tom Pfitzer is the Founder and President of A-P-T Research, Inc. Mr. Pfitzer holds a Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering (System Safety Option) from Texas A&M University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Intern Program in Safety Engineering. He has 19 years service in the safety career field for the U.S. Army. Mr. Pfitzer has over 25 years in System Safety, Range Safety, and Risk Analysis. He has held various positions in safety and risk assessment both in Huntsville, AL and Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. He has provided key leadership advice to U.S. Government agencies that are in the process of promulgating new risk-based standards. They include the National Range Commander's Council (RCC), which recently published a risk-based standard for debris protection, and the government/contractor team that developed a risk-based standard for the DoD Explosive Safety Board. This board sets national policy for explosives safety. He has served as a US member of the expert-working group that recently prepared the NATO risk-based standard. His management efforts to expand System Safety concepts and methods into other safety disciplines resulted in the 1999 Manager of the Year Award from the International System Safety Society.