GCAA hosts safety workshop

SSP/SMS Workshop
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The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) on Monday commenced a five-day safety workshop at the Grand Coastal Inn for aviation industry stakeholders.

The State Safety Programme / Safety Management Systems (SSP/SMS) workshop is being conducted by the GCAA in accordance with the Convention on International Civil Aviation.

Speaking to the participants at the opening ceremony, Colonel Jawahar Persaud, Director of Finance and Administration said “safety is an underlying imperative of international civil air transport. For all those in the business of aviation safety, everything stems from this basic principle.”

Colonel Persaud noted that for years, “the preferred method was pursuing safety by chasing the last accident and by finding regulatory solutions to specific technical problems.” That approach, however, has changed with the birth of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme, which conducts safety oversight audits under a comprehensive systems approach.

In 2007, Guyana scored 44.1% of the achievable 100% for effective implementation of standards following a full Continuous Monitoring Approach (CMA) audit conducted by the ICAO. However, a recent audit conducted by ICAO Coordinated Validation Mission determined that Guyana’s Effective Implementation has improved to 64.5%.

The Government of Guyana has shown its commitment to the implementation of the State Safety Programme by allocating $24 million in 2017. The agreed definitions and level of safety standards during the delivery of service will be determined during the five-day workshop.

In declaring the workshop open, Colonel Persaud noted that the Safety Management System is the “gateway to building confidence in the actual operational performance of an SMS and goes beyond the simple ‘ticking of boxes’”.

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About: Wayne Farley

Wayne Farley is a safety evangelist who has 30 years of experience in the aviation industry with many of those years spent as an air traffic controller in aerodrome, approach and area facilities. He is an aviation enthusiast and maintains an active blog.

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