OTTAWA, Nov. 10, 2011 /CNW/ - Safety Management Systems (SMS) continue
to be a valuable tool to enhance safety in aviation and other
transportation industries in Canada, according to the Air Line Pilots
Association, Int'l (ALPA), the world's largest non-governmental
aviation safety organization.
"SMS programs ensure continuing safety by combining the appropriate
levels of incentive for front-line employee reporting, internal
auditing and regulatory oversight," said Capt. Dan Adamus, president of
ALPA's Canada Board. "Canada is a world leader in adopting SMS programs
in its marine, rail, and aviation industries, and ALPA is proud to be
part of that effort."
"ALPA has collaborated with Transport Canada, the Transportation Safety
Board of Canada, and our government and industry partners
internationally to explore the most modern, effective ways of doing
business," said Capt. Lee Moak, ALPA's president. "We will continue
these partnerships at every opportunity to do all we can to move
aviation safety programs forward."
SMS aids airlines by helping to identify and mitigate safety risks that
have not been anticipated by the regulators. As a result, the SMS
programs are critical to ensuring the highest safety standards are
maintained and to providing a continuous means of identifying hazards
before they become serious.
"ALPA supports appropriate oversight by Transport Canada and ensuring
that SMS programs are effective," concluded Adamus. "We look forward to
and encourage properly implemented SMS programs that will help make
flying even safer for passengers and crews across Canada."
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world's largest pilot union, representing
more than 53,000 pilots at 37 airlines in the United States and Canada.
Visit the ALPA website at www.alpa.org.
SOURCE Air Line Pilots Association, Intl
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