Safety culture framework

ASC-IT uses a common safety culture framework which is recognisable for all actors in the aviation industry. To support the assessment and management of safety culture, 6 main characteristics of safety culture have been defined. These 6 characteristics represent the cornerstones on which an organisation’s safety culture is built. To enable a wide spectrum analysis with detailed recommendations for improvement areas, these 6 characteristics are further broken down into 21 topics, called safety culture indicators.

The 6 main characteristics have been combined into a pyramid, showing that behaviour is the top of a much broader iceberg. Each characteristic forms the basis of the characteristic it supports. This pyramid, the safety culture framework, lays the foundation for an integral approach of safety culture, in which all processes are monitored and analysed bottom-up as well as top-down.

 
  • Commitment reflects the extent to which every level of the organisation has a positive attitude towards safety and recognises its importance;
  • Justness reflects the extent to which safe behaviour and reporting of safety issues are encouraged or even rewarded, and unsafe behaviour is discouraged;
  • Information reflects the extent to which information is distributed to the right people in the organisation;
  • Awareness reflects the extent to which employees and management are aware of the risks the organisation's operations imply for themselves and for others;
  • Adaptability reflects the extent to which employees and management are willing to learn from past experiences and are able to take whatever action is necessary in order to enhance the level of safety within the organisation;
  • Behaviour reflects the extent to which every level of the organisation behaves such as to maintain and improve the level of safety.