Aviation safety experts explore when, how to assess risk

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Jan. 11, 2021

Presenters at HAI webinar offer tips, insights to boost safety in 2021 and beyond.

What keeps you up at night? Aviation safety experts at the Jan. 7 HAI@Work webinar encouraged industry organizations to ask themselves this question often to ensure they’re conducting their operations’ risk assessments honestly.

HAI Director of Safety Chris Hill and panelists Tarek Loutfy, GE Aviation senior operations and flight safety manager, and Chris Young, an aviation insurance professional with Pik West Insurance Agency, centered on a primary message for the audience: whether you’re starting a safety management system (SMS), struggling to engage leadership in embracing a safety culture, or humming along during a long stretch without a safety incident, it’s always a good time to assess your risk honestly.

Key to their point was the fact that aviation is an ever-evolving field. Year to year, a company can experience many changes, including operating different aircraft, learning and adapting to new aircraft capabilities, keeping pace with changes in regulations, and expanding or modifying company missions. Each change can present a potential new threat to safety.

“It’s important to remember, just because it worked for you in 2020 doesn’t necessarily mean it will work for you in 2021,” said Loutfy. He encouraged attendees to develop a habit of reviewing overall risks regularly and especially when new elements are introduced into the company.

“You need to be actively looking for where risks can lie,” added Young. “Because of the constant fluidity in aviation, risks can always be changing.”

The webinar presenters offered several pieces of advice to assist organizations in upping their safety game in 2021, from starting the conversation to strengthening an SMS. Tips included how to:

  • Amplify the case for safety so that it resonates with decision makers
  • Foster honesty and candor to further a culture of safety
  • Avoid the pitfall of complacency, which can set up an organization for risk secrecy
  • Cultivate strong safety habits in your organization that are critical to mitigating risk
  • Encourage mindfulness companywide for better accountability
  • Reboot your risk-management process.

To learn more about these safety insights, watch the video of the webinar in its entirety. Also, visit rotor.com/safety for more resources, safety tools, and HAI programs to help increase your organization’s safety.

Please join us at 4 pm on Jan. 14 as we host aviation media leaders at the next HAI@Work webinar, “Aviation Media Roundtable: 2020 Review and 2021 Forecast.”

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