Monday, November 7, 2016

Communicate Safety Policy to All Personnel

Communicate Safety Policy to All Personnel

A brilliant insight from CatalinaNJB

For effective SMS management an airport or airline is accountable to safety by communicate the safety policy to all personnel with the result that they are made aware of their safety obligations. A safety policy on the shelf is not practical at all. If no one knows what the safety policy is, nobody can adhere to the policy and the airport, or airline is in violation of its own processes. 

Authority is the foundation of a safety policy
When the accountable executive signs off on the safety policy that person makes a commitment to safety which is a commitment of zero tolerance to compromise aviation safety. In addition, this safety policy includes a just-culture where it becomes fundamental to safety to discover hazards and incidents at an early stage to make organizational changes for continuous safety improvements. The safety policy does therefore not only affect this one organization, but all organizations in the aviation community. 

Communicating the safety policy to all personnel is info-sharing. Info-sharing is critical to an airport or airline to gather intelligence for the discovery of safety critical information. Without a safety policy in place, and a safety policy that is approved at the organizational policy level, either an airport or airline have the authority to promote safe operational processes. An undefined, or unwritten safety policy does not delegate to any persons the authority to implement safety promotions.

Without a safety policy an airport or airline do not have tool to develop processes to improve effectiveness and safety. Any on-the-fly process is not a tool for continuous improvement to further improve safety within an organization, or to establish a confidence level of safety performance. Safety improvements are not achieved by improvisations of processes, but by the safety authority to document, prepare, test, assess and implement. 

The safety policy is communicated to all personnel as a link in a chain of all safety policies to be shared within other organizations. Safety improvement is not an independent task, but an info-share task between airports and airlines to improve safety without the loss of life of equipment. Sharing of the safety policy within an organization and ensuring that all are aware of their safety obligations is a step forward in identifying, maintaining, and improving
Cost-factors are results of safety parameters

safe operational processes. Aviation safety has historically been in an experimental stage of preventing accidents by not defining safety parameter cost-factors. By applying a safety policy and ensuring all are aware of their accountability to safety, the aviation industry is moving from undefined cost-factor parameters and into econometrics design parameters.


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