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AS9100 Product safety requirements

We are manufacturing the different types of connectors used in various applications like Aerospace, Military, Defenses, Marine, Commination's, Industrial, Railway etc. I am bit confusion by this clause because whether safety required at manufacturing stage of products or when those products put into the applications.
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Mark Hammar Jun 05, 2019

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Product safety is defined in clause 3.4 as the product being able to perform its function without causing unacceptable risk or harm to persons or damage to property. So, by this definition product safety is about not causing injury to people or damage to property. Keeping this in mind when you read clause 8.1.3 for the requirements of product safety, we see that AS9100 asks that we put in place controls to assure product safety throughout the lifecycle of the product, or in other words ensure that the product behaves in a way to reduce or eliminate the risk of injury or property damage until it is disposed of at the end of life.
There is a list of examples that may be included in your proce ss, such as assessing hazards, reporting on events, communication and training of safety hazards, etc. If you have a product that does not have any safety risks, then just doing this assessment is enough since there is nothing to control. However, if you have safety risks you may need to identify this through the process. For example, if you had a product that held an electrical charge that could injure workers or damage property either at your facility or after delivery, you may need to have safety warning labels on the product or in the installation instructions as a control.
For your example of connectors, it is the safety aspects of the connectors through the lifecycle. How are not responsible for the safety aspects of products where your connector is used. If someone using your connector on a product where your connector becomes a contact point for power, this is up to them to determine and control. Your connector has no safety considerations by itself.
For a better understanding of the aerospace definitions in AS9100 Rev D, see the article: Five special aerospace terms in AS9100 Rev D, https://advisera.com/9100academy/blog/2017/05/01/five-special-aerospace-terms-in-as9100-rev-d/
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