• Charles Hoes Hoes Engineering




fire building, ISSS, reinvigorate


I realized that the fire-building exercise might be an almost perfect analogy to what I have been hoping to foster within the International System Safety Society (ISSS), the system safety profession or anything else applicable to this journal. Let me try to explain the connection.

For the past few decades, I have been hoping to do something to assist the ISSS in growing and becoming an organization that is as important and influential as I know it should be. I am convinced that the system safety process is highly effective and efficient at reducing risks while adding important fiscal and social value to products and systems of all kinds. I believe it is the duty/role of the ISSS to foster that process and help expand it into all industries and processes worldwide. The dual approach of integrating engineering and management practices into the process of designing, implementing and “fielding” products and systems holds the promise of a better, safer, more environmentally appropriate future. In short, I think it is a big deal.

Author Biography

Charles Hoes, Hoes Engineering

Charles “Charlie” Hoes began his consulting business in 1984, providing system safety engineering services to defense, aerospace, semiconductor and general industry. During that time he has become a P.E. in Safety in the State of California, a Certified Safety Profession (CSP) with a specialty System Safety Practices and earned a Master of Science degree in Safety from University of Southern California. In 1988 Charlie incorporated his business under the name of “Hoes Engineering, Inc.” He has many years of experience volunteering in support of the International System Safety Society, filling many positions including past President of the Sacramento Chapter, the Virtual Chapter, and the System Safety Society. He is a past technical editor of the System Society’s journal Hazard Prevention (re-named to be the Journal of System Safety), as well as authoring an ongoing feature article of the Journal of System Safety called “TBD” where he discusses current concerns with the system safety profession.

In his new role of being semi-retired, Charlie continues to actively work with the System Safety Society as well as participating in a few “for hire” and volunteer projects that are particularly interesting, or important, for a variety of reasons. He is enjoying the ability of being a bit more selective with regard to projects that he accepts.





How to Cite

Hoes, C. (2022). TBD. Journal of System Safety, 57(2), 9–10. https://doi.org/10.56094/jss.v57i2.189