Implementation of voluntary reporting programs across the aviation industry has dramatically increased over the past decade. ASAP reporting across flight crew, maintenance, and other employee groups has correlated with the safest time period in commercial aviation. Allowing employees to voluntarily report safety concerns and hazards in a non-punitive environment benefits every person boarding an aircraft, and the data analysis that follows voluntary reporting allows for an effective safety management system.
As 14 CFR Part 121 Air Carriers evolve voluntary reporting programs, stakeholders within aviation are interested in what tools are being utilized by the industry. In addition to a robust employee reporting platform, WBAT has proven to be an effective data analysis tool to visualize and pinpoint an organization’s safety risk. Data analysis is a key performance indicator regulators and outside agencies use to measure an effective Safety Management System (SMS).
The WBAT platform allows for smooth data collection and sharing, helping you to foster a safety culture in an effort of continuous improvement.
Build a strong safety culture to effectively mitigate risks
No SMS lives up to its potential without building a strong operational safety culture. A strong safety culture will reveal invaluable incident data, which leads to important risk assessments and mitigations.
An efficient safety culture encourages employees to contribute valuable, sole-source incident data through voluntary reporting. Analyzing that invaluable data is where the real work begins. Is there a lesson to be learned? What risks can we avoid in the future, and how? The answers to those questions serve to strengthen an operation’s safety culture, reinforcing the act of voluntary reporting. And it all starts with data.
Use data to increase communication
A strong data flow affords safety departments the opportunity to evaluate the state of their safety programs, using information not readily available without voluntary reporting. Lessons learned from this data often prompt collaboration across departments, creating a more consistent safety landscape. The WBAT platform not only creates an environment that allows seamless voluntary reporting; its built-in communication tools make collaboration a habit instead of an afterthought.
Industry improvement through Data Analysis
No matter the size of your operation, each safety incident or near miss can foster collaborative efforts across your organization to identify and mitigate the safety risk. Those lessons hold value to the entire industry, as we understand our own data and relate it to industry-wide issues.