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 30 Good Questions for Safety Surveys in Aviation SMS [With Free Resources]

Posted by Tyler Britton on May 2, 2018 4:33:00 AM

Benefits of Safety Surveys

Good safety survey questions in aviation SMSSafety surveys give you insight into the relationship between your employees and your aviation safety program, which includes:

  • The SMS;
  • Safety management; and
  • Aspects of safety culture.

Importantly, safety surveys provide quantifiable data. This allows you to:

  • Track progress over time;
  • Rank what is and isn’t doing well in your SMS;
  • Offer employees an avenue to participate in the SMS by giving feedback;
  • Compare how employees view your SMS in different time periods; and
  • Gather valuable insight and guidance for where to focus your efforts.

However, to attain these benefits, you need to format your surveys correctly.

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Best Practices for Safety Surveys

For the most part, safety surveys are fairly straightforward. Here are recommended practices for safety surveys:

  • Give safety surveys regularly, such as 1-2 times per year.
  • Use the same questions each time, though you may format them differently so that they “appear” to be different;
  • Have each question be on a number-scale, such as 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree);
  • If you want to use good questions for safety surveys, gather questions from other surveys, such as in this article or from other operators; and
  • Gather surveys and store the results in a database or spreadsheet.

Here are 30 good questions for safety surveys in aviation SMS.

Survey Questions for Hazard Reporting Culture

  1. I believe that my company has an effective hazard reporting process
  2. I feel comfortable reporting issues with hazard reporting process
  3. I think our hazard reporting process is very easy to use
  4. I think that reporting issues has obvious value for my safety
  5. I never feel pressure to NOT report some types of issues
  6. I always report any dangerous work practices I see

Survey Questions for How Employees Feel About Management

  1. I think that management is effective at managing safety issues
  2. I feel very comfortable approaching safety management directly with safety concerns
  3. I feel that my safety directly benefits from safety management’s decisions
  4. I think management tries hard to improve safety
  5. I think Safety manager often discuss safety issues with myself and/or other employees
  6. I think management gives good feedback regarding the company’s safety performance

Survey Questions for Safety Culture

  1. I feel that my coworkers encourage each other to work safely
  2. I think management places more emphasis on performing tasks safely rather than quickly
  3. Management praises employees if they see them working safely
  4. I think employees follow polices/procedures/rules most of the time
  5. I think managers are aware of the main safety problems I deal with in the workplace
  6. After reporting issues, I think management tries to find the reason for the issue rather than blaming people

Survey Questions for Safety Guidance from SMS

  1. I feel that I am given enough training to easily complete my tasks
  2. I have checklists that I use to complete routine tasks
  3. I have procedures that I can consult if I don’t know how to complete one of my duties
  4. I think that I am kept informed when changes are made which may affect safety
  5. In the case of an emergency, there is an emergency response document I can follow for what to do and who to contact
  6. I feel management does a good job following up with me regarding issues I have reported

Survey Questions for How Employees Feel About the SMS

  1. I feel that our safety program makes a big difference in my safety
  2. I think our safety program is performing very well
  3. I know how to easily access safety policies, procedures, checklists, and other resources related to safety
  4. I feel that I was adequately trained on the purpose and goals of our SMS
  5. I know how to easily access our company goals
  6. Safety audits/inspections are carried out regularly

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