Although it might sound surprising, I actually enjoy taking off in an aircraft on the most cloudy or even stormy days. Even on the stormiest day, once the aircraft breaks through the clouds there is the glorious sun and tranquility.
Capturing and distilling maintenance data is all the rage these days, and it’s not just about improving reliability or predictability. Operators are collecting more data than ever as part of safety programs. Some are
required, but most are voluntary.
I recently took a tour of Thomas Edison's Glenmount Estate and laboratory complex in East Orange, NJ, managed by the National Parks Service. This inventor who gave the world so many of its modern wonders also left behind a visual and documentary record of his life's work. In this historical collection you see illustrated the impact of Thomas Edison's work on the modern world. Many of the objects are the products of his career as inventor, manufacturer, businessman and private citizen.
As a safety professional, you can positively shape the risk decision making of your crewmembers. Although they may identify hazards and understand the outcome, a variety of factors may still influence them to accept more risk than they should.
Let’s take a look at what can influence risk tolerance and what safety leaders can do to shape those behaviors.
1. Overestimating capability (younger people) and experience (role models). Reflect on your role as a mentor, admit that despite your experience the exposure is still there. Acknowledge skill but reinforce
Nothing says “Safety Management System” better than posters
Workplace communications are built with multiple components, including posters, meetings, education and training, day-to-day action, internal news releases, etc. Posters in the workplace can be an effective element at communication and reinforcing a commitment to safety. By positioning posters in obvious, prominent locations, employees and visitors are continually exposed to key messages and themes, including the importance of safety in the workplace.
Although many maintenance incidents reflect organizational problems, the maintenance technicians themselves are the last line of defense in that organization. There are strategies that technicians can activate to reduce their chances of being involved in an incident. Most importantly, our skills, habits, beliefs and knowledge can all be changed in ways that increase the reliability of human performance.