In ICAO terms, Safety Assurance consists of:
- Safety performance monitoring and measurement;
- The management of change; and
- Continuous improvement of the SMS.
Safety Assurance is where you continuously monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of your SMS. This is done through your hazard, near-miss, incident and accident reporting programs as well as the inspections and audits of your operational safety processes. Through Safety Assurance, you also proactively manage changes in the way you do business, continuously watching for new hazards or weaknesses in your safety risk controls. When new hazards, gaps or changes are identified, you return to your Safety Risk Management process to analyze, assess and control the risks. Safety Assurance is all about understanding how well your safety system is performing.
AeroDirections can assist in numerous ways with your Safety Assurance processes. Our IS-BAO audits and gap assessments are proactive ways of evaluating your safety system. Additionally, we can implement tools and processes to streamline the collection and evaluation of hazard, near-miss, incident and accident reports. We have worked with dozens of aviation operations ranging from air carriers to corporate operators, MROs, ground service providers and aircraft and component manufacturers implementing the Coruson and Q-Pulse Risk, Safety and Quality Management systems software to streamline reporting, management and analyzing safety information.