CAAS announces safety charter

SINGAPORE, 9 March 2022: The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) introduced at the annual Aviation Safety Forum held at the Pan Pacific Hotel on Monday a safety charter designed to uphold standards as the travel industry recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic.

First reported by Channelnews Asia, the Charter for a Strong and Positive Safety Culture in Singapore breaks new ground for the aviation sector.

“Recognising various safety-related challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the charter expresses the shared commitment by leaders in the sector to jointly uphold safety standards and strengthen safety culture in their respective organisations as air travel recovers,” said CAAS in its newsroom statement.

So far, 80 aviation organisations have signed the charter; more are expected to do so in the coming months, said CAAS. They include airlines, training organisations, maintenance, repair and overhaul firms, aircraft manufacturers, airport operators, ground handlers, industry associations and unions.

The charter sets out to encourage voluntary reporting of safety hazards, unsafe practices and safety errors and includes self-disclosure of mistakes, slips and lapses.

CAAS director-general Han Kok Juan said: “Aviation safety must be a non-negotiable and the top priority of the Singapore aviation sector as air travel recovers and we ramp up operations.

“The safety charter is a statement of shared commitment, by leaders of the Singapore aviation sector, to uphold the highest safety standards as we work together to rebuild and reclaim Singapore’s position as a global air hub this year.”

Signatories of the charter pledge to:

  • Uphold safety as a key priority and core value;
  • Foster a strong and positive safety culture;
  • Broaden and strengthen safety promotion, including in collaboration with other organisations;
  • Encourage voluntary reporting of safety hazards, unsafe practices, and safety errors, including self-disclosure of mistakes, slips, and lapses;
  • Promote confidentiality and protection from punitive action for self-disclosure of safety lapses and mistakes while not tolerating conduct that constitutes gross negligence, wilful misconduct or criminal activity;
  • Contribute towards strengthening the collective aviation safety culture in Singapore.

(Source: Channel NewsAsia and CAAS)

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