Concept of safety in order to understand safety

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Concept of Safety In order to understand safety management, it is necessary to consider what is meant by "safety". Depending on one's perspective, the concept of aviation safety may have different connotations, such as: (a) zero accidents (or serious incidents), a view widely held by the travelling public; (b) the freedom from danger or risks, i.e. those factors which cause or are likely to cause harm; (c) the attitude towards unsafe acts and conditions by employees (reflecting a "safe" corporate culture); (d) the degree to which the inherent risks in aviation are "acceptable"; (e) the process of hazard identification and risk management; and Activity Prepare a presentation on the concept of acceptable level of safety in air transport. (c) UPES, Not for Reproduction/ Sale
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Notes ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ Aviation Safety & Security Management (f) the control of accidental loss (of persons and property, and damage to the environment). While the elimination of accidents (and serious incidents) would be desirable, a one hundred per cent safety rate is an unachievable goal. Failures and errors will occur, in spite of the best efforts to avoid them. No human activity or human-made system can be guaranteed to be absolutely safe, i.e. free from risk. Safety is a relative notion whereby inherent risks are acceptable in a "safe" system. Safety can be defined as below: “Safety is the state in which the risk of harm to persons or of property damage is reduced to, and maintained at or below, an acceptable level through a continuing process of hazard identification and risk management.” Need for Safety Management Although major air disasters are rare events, less catastrophic accidents and a whole range of incidents occur more frequently. These lesser safety events may be forerunners of underlying safety problems. Ignoring these underlying safety hazards could pave the way for an increase in the number of more serious accidents. Accidents (and incidents) cost money. Although purchasing "insurance" can spread the costs of an accident over time, accidents make bad business sense. While insurance may cover specified risks, there are many uninsured costs. In addition, there are less tangible (but no less important) costs such as the loss of confidence of the travelling public. An understanding of the total costs of an accident is fundamental to understanding the economics of safety. The air transportation industry's future viability may well be predicated on its ability to sustain the public's perceived safety while travelling. The management of safety is therefore a prerequisite for a sustainable aviation business. ICAO Requirements Safety has always been the overriding consideration in all aviation activities. This is reflected in the aims and objectives of ICAO as stated in Article 44 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Doc 7300), commonly known as the Chicago Convention, (c) UPES, Not for Reproduction/ Sale
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UNIT 14: Air Transport Safety Principles Notes ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ which charges ICAO with ensuring the safe and orderly growth of international civil aviation throughout the world.
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