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Recommendation issued to: Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Recommendation details
Output No: R20000238
Date issued: 18 April 2001
Safety action status:
Background: Why this Recommendation was developed

Output text

The ATSB recommends that CASA consider widening its existing skill-base within the compliance Branch to ensure that CASA audit teams have expertise in all relevant areas, including human factors and management processes.

Initial response
Date issued: 20 March 2002
Response from: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Action status: Closed - Accepted
Response text:

CASA acknowledges the intent of this recommendation and advises that to the Authority has taken significant steps to ensure that CASA audit teams have expertise in all relevant areas, including human factors and management processes.

As the ATSB is aware, CASA, through audits of operators management systems, aims to assess how effectively operators are discharging their safety responsibilities. As part of CASA is safety systems approach, multidisciplinary teams are used to allow a wider approach to the audit task, thus ensuring that expertise in human factors and management processes is available during the conduct of the audit. Moreover, this process ensures that a level of consistency of audit findings is reached due to the wider availability of cross functional views and approaches.

This approach is supported through the development of targeted training courses, such as CASA's Human Factors for the Safety Regulator.

This course is designed to assist CASA is Flying Operations Inspectors, Air Worthiness Inspectors, Air Worthiness Engineers, Aerodrome Inspectors, Dangerous Goods Inspectors and Cabin Safety Specialists with the subject of human factors as a discipline and to explore its application in the development and maintenance of aviation safety and in the investigation of subsequent safety breaches.

CASA considers that the introduction of multidisciplinary audit teams, in conjunction with the development of the safety systems approach and targeted training, satisfies the requirements of this recommendation.

 
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