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Further improving safety, our industry’s number one priority

26 March 2015

In our day-to-day jobs as safety professionals, we are often asked to be part of workgroups, serve on panels, put together go-teams, etc. It is not uncommon to see air navigation service provider (ANSP) safety professionals going above and beyond what is required to ensure these efforts are successful and a positive, collaborative learning experience for those involved. But this raises a number of questions: what defines success? Is it possible to ensure success and. if so, how? At the very least, of the numerous initiatives that we both lead and support, which ones provide the most positive benefits to CANSO Members and the industry as a whole?

I’m proud to say that the CANSO Safety Standing Committee (SSC) consistently provides positive benefits for CANSO Members, in particular those who participate in our industry-leading workgroups. Recent initiatives demonstrate just how much CANSO can and will help shape the future of safety management across the globe.

At the annual CANSO CEO Conference in Madrid on 9 March, I gave an overview of the key outcomes from the Global ATM Safety Conference in Bangkok in January, where the SSC continued to advance its leading-edge work programme. Major decisions and agreements paved the way forward, including:

1) Approval of the CANSO Global Strategy for the Future of Safety in ATM, which provides a framework for CANSO and the regions to achieve Vision 2020 safety goals. The regions and their individual ANSPs can use this cohesive framework as a best practice template to design their own, unique strategies.

2) The development of a proposal for a common risk assessment methodology to be incorporated into the CANSO Standard of Excellence (SoE) in Safety Management Systems (SMSs). It will be built upon the shared experiences of member ANSPs in adopting, implementing and adapting the Risk Analysis Tool/Process (RAT/RAP). The RAT/RAP provides a consistent means for categorising and assessing severity and risk. The SSC agreed to leverage CANSO regional seminars to introduce and familiarise RAT/RAP with ANSPs around the world.

3) The development of a proposal for a CANSO Safety Standard (CSS) programme. This programme will allow CANSO to: first, demonstrate the maturity of  SMS implementation of individual ANSPs both internally and to industry stakeholders; and, secondly, provide a mechanism for CANSO Members to achieve higher levels of safety management; and 3) increase the global influence of the CANSO SoE in SMSs.  ICAO acknowledged not only the need for such a programme, but also its potential benefits to ANSPs, regulators and to ICAO itself. ICAO has encouraged CANSO to continue to refine said the CSS proposal in order to achieve full industry acceptance of the CSS programme.

Through these and other enterprises, CANSO continues to influence the direction and regulation of global aviation safety management. The workgroups continues to provide innovative solutions to the complex challenges. CANSO Members continue to receive strong benefits, reaping the benefits of being part of one of the most dynamic, ambitious groups of safety professionals in the world.


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Mark deNicuolo Safety Programme Manager, CANSO

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