Risk profiling aviation sectors for better safety outcomes
Building up a better bank of knowledge on the risks and safety-related trends within particular sectors of the aviation industry is the key aim of CASA's risk profiling project.
Through the identification of key risk factors within each sector, CASA will be better able to identify safety-related trends and work with industry to share best practice safety solutions.
During 2013, CASA's Safety Systems Office, which has responsibility for monitoring safety performance, implemented a methodology to allow for reporting on the state of individual sectors. As well as placing minimal additional burdens on industry, the methodology allows CASA to report on the state of a sector and develop a risk profile focusing on the hazards of the sector and associated risks.
Flying low over crops and mustering livestock are two types of flying activity which have historically had a relatively high rate of accidents and incidents. Aerial agricultural crop dusting was the first sector to be examined as part of CASA's new sector risk profiling project.
A pilot run of the process took place in late 2013 to verify that the sector-profiling process could work and that the output added value. The work on this sector profile is nearing completion after close engagement with the Aerial Agricultural Association of Australia.
Work has commenced on a second profile, for aerial mustering, with members of that sector reacting positively to the initiative.
The sector risk profiling process is in two phases.
Phase 1 reports in detail on the state of the sector with regard to safety, documented hazards and associated risks, in the sector risk profile and a list of data sources. It sources information from databases within CASA, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics, supplemented by surveys from Air Operator's Certificate holders and the CASA inspectorate. A reference group of CASA and industry subject matter experts assists with the task of identifying hazards and associated risks in a sector.
Phase 2 engages more closely with industry to identify risk owners and possible controls and treatments.
When profiling is complete for each sector, the information will be merged, providing an increasingly accurate industry risk profile for the whole of aviation in Australia.
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