Reporting Safety Hazards Is Not Enough?
For most aviation service providers, the simple act of getting employees to report potential safety hazards is a constant challenge.
Expectations of the majority of employees are:
- Showing up to work (on-time in some cultures);
- Collecting the paycheck (on-time is preferable); and
- Expecting employers to provide a safe workplace.
However, every employee has a responsibility to ensure operations remain safe for all stakeholders.
Is hazard identification and hazard reporting enough to ask from employees as they participate in your organization's safety initiatives?
What else should employees be doing for your required aviation safety management system (SMS)?
Without the support of all employees, the aviation SMS will never reach its full potential. Money will be left on the table - meaning that every successful SMS is dependent on safety culture and employee participation.
The raw ingredients in an aviation SMS come predominantly from safety reporting and audit activities. Employees are instrumental for providing these inputs by participating in effective safety reporting activities. Without employee participation, the organization can still have an SMS; however, the organization will never benefit fully from reduced risk and missed opportunities.