SINGAPORE, 9 March 2022: The Civil Aviation Authority of
Singapore (CAAS) introduced at the annual Aviation Safety Forum held at the Pan
Pacific Hotel on Monday a safety charter designed to uphold standards as the
travel industry recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic.

First reported by Channelnews Asia, the Charter for a Strong and Positive Safety Culture in Singapore breaks new ground for the aviation sector.

“Recognising various safety-related challenges posed by the
COVID-19 pandemic, the charter expresses the shared commitment by leaders in
the sector to jointly uphold safety standards and strengthen safety culture in
their respective organisations as air travel recovers,” said CAAS in its
newsroom statement.

So far, 80 aviation organisations have signed the charter;
more are expected to do so in the coming months, said CAAS. They include
airlines, training organisations, maintenance, repair and overhaul firms,
aircraft manufacturers, airport operators, ground handlers, industry
associations and unions.

The charter sets out to encourage voluntary reporting of
safety hazards, unsafe practices and safety errors and includes self-disclosure
of mistakes, slips and lapses.

CAAS director-general Han Kok Juan said: “Aviation safety
must be a non-negotiable and the top priority of the Singapore aviation sector
as air travel recovers and we ramp up operations.

“The safety charter is a statement of shared commitment, by
leaders of the Singapore aviation sector, to uphold the highest safety
standards as we work together to rebuild and reclaim Singapore’s position as a
global air hub this year.”

Signatories of the charter pledge to:

  • Uphold safety as a key priority and core value;
  • Foster a strong and positive safety culture;
  • Broaden and strengthen safety promotion, including in collaboration with other organisations;
  • Encourage voluntary reporting of safety hazards, unsafe practices, and safety errors, including self-disclosure of mistakes, slips, and lapses;
  • Promote confidentiality and protection from punitive action for self-disclosure of safety lapses and mistakes while not tolerating conduct that constitutes gross negligence, wilful misconduct or criminal activity;
  • Contribute towards strengthening the collective aviation safety culture in Singapore.

(Source: Channel
NewsAsia and CAAS)

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