Safety management is a systematic, explicit process for the management of safety risks, that integrates operations and technical systems with financial and human resource management. The concept of safety management reflects that safety cannot be purely a matter of compliance of the different applicable rules and regulations.
Although such regulatory compliance is a necessary condition to create a basis for the achievement of an acceptable level of safety, in itself it does not guarantee high and consistent safety levels within aviation systems. For this reason safety management is an inherent and integral part of the operations of all stakeholders, such as ANSPs, airports or airlines, in the air transportation sector.
The effectiveness of safety management depends largely on the way safety management processes are implemented and embedded within an organisation. In this respect it is of particular importance how safety information is analyzed and disseminated.
NLR-ATSI is able to provide support in any aspect of safety management, ranging from organisational advice to specific safety information analysis. For several customers we have put our expertise to the test, for instance:
- For Amsterdam Airport Schiphol support has been provided in incident data analysis as part of the integral safety management system Schiphol;
- For the airport of Geneva the safety management processes relevant to the airport have been reviewed;
- Under contract with the Royal Netherlands Air Force the Safety Institute has introduced Operational Risk Management with this organisation as an essential element of safety management;
- For TUI Group operator ArkeFly, fast-growing airline in the leisure travel market, providing medium and long-haul service out of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, NLR-ATSI is supporting the transition into a next maturity level of the Safety Management System. Also, NLR-ATSI, together with partner TNO, is developing an FRMS (Fatigue Risk Management System) fully tailored to the specific ArkeFly operation.
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