An aviation safety action program (ASAP) can change the way your employees view safety and change the way your company handles risk. But if the FAA isn’t requiring your company to have one, why would you?
An ASAP is a voluntary reporting program used to detect safety hazards by identifying patterns that allow for risk mitigation backed by data. Operators who have implemented an ASAP for their companies have reported major positive shifts in their safety culture. Even in 2000, when the program was in testing phases, Sandia National Laboratories published a study noting, “The goal of FAA ASAP as a test program is to discover both flaws and innovations that can be, respectively, corrected and possibly incorporated into the program.”
Creating an environment that fosters engaged and well-intentioned employees can boost a company’s chances of avoiding serious risks down the road. When an employee encounters a hazard without the weight of blame on their shoulders, they are more likely to report it. Nonpunitive circumstances reveal more honest and useful data.
The focus of Event Review Committee (ERC) meetings isn’t blame; it’s finding solutions. Honest data leads to a healthier, safer and more complete picture of daily operations.