Safety Culture in Aviation Sector
Safety is fundamental in the aviation sector and coupled with the increasing public expectation, aviation safety has become an important aspect. The aviation industry is composed of airports, airlines, air traffic organizations and other aviation service providers and it order for them to realize their aims of delivering services, achieving production output and generating return on investments, safety is central International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), 2010.
Taking cognizant of the above facts, safety in the aviation industry is a high priority for growth and sustainability of aviation operations. The enhanced public expectations have further put the aviation industry on the spot concerning safety culture issues. Significant safety culture issues have been used by organizations in the aviation sector in order to maintain and improve safety in the industry. The adoption and implementation of a safety culture has been underscored as one of the core foundations in ensuring that safety is realized in the aviation sector. Safety culture is crucial and forms the basis for accident prevention and achievement of safety management systems.
Statement of the Problem
In all aviation activities and processes, safety is considered is the overriding factor. It has been established that a strong and robust safety culture in the aviation sector is one of the top most effective and systematic approaches to reducing accident and incident cases Leveson, 2009.
Similarly, a robust and effective safety culture has the potential of steering organizations in the aviation sector in developing effective safety management systems and therefore helping in the reduction in the rate of accidents in the sector. Unfortunately, the benefits and purposes of safety culture as one of the fundamental basis of safety management systems have not been achieved in the aviation sector. This failure or constraint in the realization of safety culture...
Although airline firms have adopted the concept of safety culture, accident and incident cases are still being reported across the globe. Effective adoption, implementation and promotion of a safety culture is an assurance of a safe aviation environment while on the other hand, the non-implementation and promotion of safety culture is a major concern more so in airline firms.
Purpose of the Research
The objective of this research proposal is to examine the nature of safety culture in airline firms and to determine the challenges that affect the successful implementation of safety culture in global airline firms. The purpose of this research is to assess the adequacy, effectiveness and extend of the implementation of safety culture practices and processes in airline firms. Since safety culture is majorly propagated through the establishment of various policies, programs and safety promotional activities, the research is only restricted to the study of the safety culture policies, programs and activities among airline firms. In particular, the study seeks to determine the nature and extent to which global airline firm management are committed in ensuring that they adopt, promote and implement safety culture in their respective organizations.
The research questions for the study are:
1) What are the different strategies that particular airline firms use in ensuring safety culture environment?
2) Have the above safety culture issues been successful or effective in the promotion and enhancement…
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