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A Guidebook to Integrating Airport Safety Guidance

Assigned to Erik Bullard
Last Edited by Erik Bullard

Develop guidance to aid airports in integrating the multiple sources of safety guidance and safety requirements to which an airport operator must comply that would reduce redundancy and gain efficiencies for personnel with safety management responsibilities.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

Airports must comply with multiple safety requirements published by various stakeholder organizations. These organizations may include airport ownership, whether a city, county, or airport authority; the local and state governments; the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The varying approaches to safety can include safety risk management (SRM), enterprise risk management (ERM), environmental safety, Part 139, and others. The types of information, reporting requirements and compliance responsibilities can be different, but in many cases redundant. Airports can be at a loss as to where the right and best resources regarding airport safety programs, as well as effective practices and safety improvement initiatives can be found. As more and more airports adopt safety management systems (SMS) as a systematic way to improve safety on the airport, other organizations, airport stakeholders, and governing bodies impact how they operate, report safety performance, and on what safety information the airport can access (e.g. airline safety event information). These process and directives have similarities and differences. Guidance on how to address the requirements in an effective and efficient manner would benefit the industry.
Research on this subject could result in a guidebook for airports to follow that would steer them toward effective practices to capture safety information and implement safety risk mitigation in a way to satisfy multiple requirements using minimal numbers of process steps, perhaps even all-encompassing processes that will reduce man-hour requirements and improve safety outcomes. The outcome of this research could also lead to developing a means to collect relevant resources into a web library for airport safety resources that includes a methodology for populating and updating such a library.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

A report with guidance to aid airports in integrating the multiple sources of safety guidance and safety requirements to which an airport operator must comply that would reduce redundancy and gain efficiencies for personnel with safety management responsibilities

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