Aviation Safety Audits




 

 

ICAO

International Civil Aviation Organization

Audit Framework


Safety auditing is an element of safety management, which subjects the activities of aviation service providers to a systematic, critical evaluation. An audit may include one or more components of the total system, such as safety policy, change management, SMS as a whole, operating procedures, emergency procedures, etc. The aim is to disclose the strengths and weaknesses, to identify areas of non-tolerable risk, and devise rectification measures. Safety audits are used to ensure that-

  • The organization's SMS has a sound structure and adequate staffing levels
  • Approved procedures and instructions are complied with
  • The required level of personnel competency and training to operate equipment and facilities, and to maintain their levels of performance, is achieved
  • Equipment performance is adequate for the safety levels of the service provided
  • Effective arrangements exist for promoting safety, monitoring safety performance, and processing safety issues
  • Adequate arrangements exist to handle foreseeable emergencies (Emergency Response Plan)

In accordance with ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs), safety audits are to be conducted on a regular and systematic basis. Safety audits are one of the principal methods for fulfilling the safety performance monitoring requirements.

The conduct of the audit is essentially a process of inspection or fact-finding. Information from almost any source may be reviewed as part of the audit. The techniques for gathering the information include-

  • Review of documentation
  • Interviews with staff
  • Observations by the audit team

Safety auditing is a proactive safety management activity which provides the means for identifying potential problems before they have an impact on safety. Therefore, safety auditing has the characteristics attributed to both the safety assurance domain of SMS, and the hazard identification element of risk management. (above text courtesy skybrary.aero).

 

 

 

 

ISO 19011

International Organization for Standardization

Audit Framework


ISO 19011 is an international standard that sets forth guidelines for management systems auditing. The standard offers four resources to organizations to save time, effort, and money. These resources are-

  • A clear explanation of the principles of management systems auditing
  • Guidance on the management of audit programs
  • Guidance on the conduct of internal or external audits
  • Advice on the competence and evaluation of auditors

 




ISO 19011 has set 7 audit principles to ensure that audit results are valid and reliable. These principles are-

  • Integrity (the foundation of professionalism)
  • Fair Presentation (the obligation to report truthfully and accurately)
  • Due Professional Care (the application of diligence and judgment in auditing)
  • Confidentiality (security of information)
  • Independence (the basis for the impartiality of the audit and objectivity of the audit conclusions)
  • Evidence-Based Approach (the rational method for reaching reliable and reproducible audit conclusions in a systematic audit process)
  • Risk-Based Approach (an audit approach that considers risks and opportunities)

 

 

 

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Benefits

 

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