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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) launched the IATA Aviation Safety Culture (I-ASC) survey to support airlines in the implementation of Safety Management Systems (SMS) and building a strong safety culture. The survey was launched in compliance with the recently upgraded standards and recommended practices (SARPS) of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

SARPS was amended to strengthen safety management by requiring airlines to develop and promote a positive safety culture. This requirement must be met by November 2019.

The existence and understanding of an airline’s safety culture is a prerequisite for successful and effective SMS implementation. I-ASC assists this process with objective self-assessment, leading to understanding and action.

I-ASC was developed in collaboration with Cranfield University (UK) and other key aviation stakeholders. It provides tangible, de-identified, unbiased and measurable insights into the safety engagement and perceived risk areas of frontline and management staff. The survey covers key safety culture drivers, such as management commitment, just culture and the learning organisation.

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