AVIATION SAFETY REPORTING IN THE UNITED NATIONS
RASO-WA AVIATION SAFETY PROGRAM
Safety reporting system is one of the major components of sound safety management and effective accident prevention.
Personnel are understandably reluctant to report their mistakes to the organization. Too often, following an occurrence, investigators learn that many people had been aware of the unsafe conditions before the event.
To overcome the natural resistance to safety reporting, the following principles shall be followed:
a) Non-punitive nature (or just culture) of safety reporting – personnel must be confident that the organization will not use the information against them in any way, unless a person committed a deliberate violation of established procedures, rules and regulations or willful misconduct affecting the safety of the Mission aviation operations;
b) Management’s commitment to the non-punitive safety reporting;
c) Inclusiveness – safety information related to aviation operations can be provided by any person that observes a hazard or unsafe condition;
d) Independence – information shall be provided directly to the Aviation Safety staff;
e) Ease of reporting – submission of the safety reports should be as easy as possible for the reporters (email, verbal report, etc.);
f) Feedback – receipt of the report should be acknowledged and feedback should be provided to the reporter by email, letter or verbally;
g) Information sharing – the de-identified information received from the Safety
Reporting System should be made available to relevant staff in a timely manner in accordance with the provisions of DPKO and DFS Aviation Safety Manual.