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Developing an Effective Safety Culture (Classroom, 2 days)



Tools to make safety a priority in your organization.

A functional safety culture brings open communication, continuous improvement and increased productivity, but requires continuous effort from all levels of the organization. This course presents a rigorous approach to aligning organizational culture with safety culture, allowing you to reinforce safety in your organization and implement a Safety Management System (SMS).

Available as: Classroom & In-Company workshop
Duration: 2 days (16 hours)
Recommended level: Professional and Management
Prerequisites: Understanding of basic safety concepts

What you will learn

  • Learn proven skills to lead and drive the SMS implementation in an organization
  • Put project management essentials into practice
  • Identify and address the challenges in implementing a SMS
  • Develop a foundation for risk management
  • Acquire a comprehensive SMS implementation tool box

Course content

  • Safety Culture Concepts, Rationale
    • Levels of culture
    • Benefits of implementing a safety culture
  • Safety Culture Assessment
    • Characteristics of a safety culture
    • How to conduct a safety culture assessment
  • Safety Culture Alignment within the Organization
    • Challenges of implementing a safety culture
    • Considerations for developing a safety culture

This course is the last in a series dedicated to SMS Implementation:

  1. SMS Impelmentation Methodology
  2. SMS Implementation Plan I
  3. SMS Implementation Plan II
  4. Developing an Effective Safety Culture

Download course outline (pdf)

Certificate awarded

An IATA Certificate of Completion is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 70% or higher on all exercises and exams. A special distinction is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 90% or higher.

Who should attend

  • Airline, Airport and Ground Operations Service providers
  • Corporate and Operational Safety Managers, Analysts, Coordinators
  • Potholders (Safety, Ground Operations and others)
  • Airport Safety Officers
  • Civil Aviation Authority Representatives


Additional information

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