Safety is the number one priority of the aviation industry. ATM faces many challenges including: increasing traffic demand; the implementation of new technology; new entrants to airspace such as unmanned aircraft; and increasing automation. The ATM industry must address these while maintaining and improving safety.

The Safety Standing Committee (SSC) oversees CANSO’s Safety Programme and aims to: continually improve safety performance in air traffic management (ATM) operations; further enhance safety management and culture among CANSO Members; and provide global leadership on safety management issues. CANSO’s safety work programme helps ANSPs improve safety through elements such as safety management systems, best practices and benchmarking.The objectives of the SSC are to:

  • Provide Members with a mechanism to exchange information and best practices to improve their safety management system (SMS) and overall safety performance
  • Establish common CANSO positions on a broad range of safety issues
  • Represent the safety interests of CANSO Members to governmental and other bodies
  • Identify CANSO safety goals and develop products and initiatives in support of those goals
  • To improve the way that ANSPs identify risks and manage safety, CANSO has produced guidance to standardise risk evaluations and assessments conducted by ANSPs

There are three workgroups and various subgroups available to our Members that develop recommendations, policies, strategies and materials across a wide range of key safety issues. 

Workgroup Task
Safety Performance Measurement Workgroup (SPMWG) Develops and implements common definitions through fostering global harmonisation in safety performance measurement. Seeking predictive measures of risk and positive safety performance metrics, it creates new leading indicators so that Members can better understand their safety performance and risk control effectiveness. Conducts analysis based on comprehensive data mining, statistical research and in depth comparison to improve operational safety. Regular reports generate better understanding of the ATM system's current safety status and awareness about trends in potential safety hazards. Explores the development of alternative measures of safety that better reflect accident risk. Investigates the use of data from the operation to proactive identify risks.
Future Safety Development Workgroup (FSDWG) Develops guidance and educational materials to assist ANSPs with evolving their safety approach and Safety Management System (SMS), especially when addressing opportunities and
threats from new ATM technologies and new entrants to airspace. Identifies and develops innovative approaches and techniques to assist ANSPs with transitioning to increasingly automated service delivery. Promotes good practices in SMS within the ANSP community, and global integration concepts that facilitate safety and its management.
Human Performance Management Workgroup (HPMWG) Helps ANSPs measure current human performance management (HPM) maturity, and where applicable, implement effective human performance management by supporting targeted assessments and workshops. Additionally, it will develop a roadmap to assist member ANSPs with establishing a human performance management programme.
Cyber Safety Task Force (CSTF) Responsible for developing a cyber maturity model that focuses on how the ATM service provider prepares for, detects, responds and recovers from a cyber incident, helping to ensure that ATM services remain safe during and following a cyber-attack. It also includes revising the existing CANSO emergency response planning guide and cyber security risk assessment guidance.



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