Aviation Safety

•Public perception of safety
•Understanding safety.
•Managing safety.
•You as an agent of safety.

Public Perception Of Safety.
Often times one would hear a prospective air traveller refer to one airline as “unsafe” while another is described as “safe”.

The question arises, What is safety?
•Zero accident/serious incident?
•Freedom from danger or risks?
•Error avoidance?
•Regulatory compliance?

Let us first understand the common definition of the word safety.

SAFETY is a condition in which the possibility of injury to persons or damage to property is reduced to, maintained at or below an acceptable level through a continuous process of hazard identification and risk management.

We would observe that our definition has thrown up more words that we must attempt to define before we can truly understand what the word safety means.

HAZARD is a condition or object that has the potential to cause harm or injury to persons or damage to property or equipment, structures, loss of material and reduction in ability to perform a prescribed function.

The projected likelihood that an undesirable outcome may result from an exposure to a hazard is termed a risk. The severity of this outcome is required to fully describe the risk. Risk is therefore, a measure of likelihood plus the severity of the outcome from an exposure to a hazard. This is called the risk index.

Examples Of Hazard: Towing an aircraft, walking in the hangar, driving a car, bucket of paint on the hangar floor. Towing an aircraft does not result in an undesirable event until control is lost. Same with driving a car. An accident or incident will not occur until the driver loses control.

Whether in our homes, at our work places, hazards abound. They are there for us to identify and try to manage the possible risks. This will bring us to hazard identification and safety risk management. Till we meet again.  Stay safe!

P. Chukwuma.