The Civil Aviation Division in Collaboration with The International Civil Aviation Organization’s(ICAO) North American Caribbean and Central American(NACC) Regional Office, held a Safety Risk Assessment Training on Wednesday 24th of February 2021, with Technical Personnel from both the St. Christopher Air and Seaports Authority(SCASPA) and the Nevis Air & Seaports Authority (NASPA).
Both Organizations are updating and finalizing the implementation process of their Safety Management System(SMS) Policies, and an important aspect of the SMS is Safety Risk Management(SRM).
ICAO deems it necessary that an Organization shall be able to Identify Operational Hazards and implement Mitigation Measures known as Defenses, to ensure that these identified hazards, remain at an acceptable level of safety. These Technical Personnel were trained to identify their Hazards/Latent Conditions, where they assessed the current defenses and also committed to assigning additional defenses to mitigate against these identified Hazards, to prevent Incidents/Accidents.
When a Safety Management System(SMS) is created and implemented based on Annex 19 and the GASP Doc. 1004, Safety Risk Assessment Continuous Assessment(SRM-CA) are done, to ensure continuous hazard identification, revision and implementation of defenses. This process ensures the ultimate goal of a “Safety Culture” where employees and customers alike, review each other and the operational activities, to ensure safety best practices are being used and refined in all aspects of the Aerodrome Operations.
Both Authorities Started carrying out Safety Risk Assessments from the 12th March 2021 to present, where they identified multiple types of hazards in the Aerodrome Operations such as Air Traffic Management Operational Hazards, Drone Operational Hazards, Ground Handling Operational Hazards and Health hazards.
These hazards were assessed and assigned Quantitative values, where current and future mitigation measures were looked at, to ensure these identifies hazards remain at an acceptable level of safety on the “Safety Risk Assessment Matrix”.