Canadian Parliament Recommends Adoption of Safety Management Systems

As part of overall recommendations for enhancing aviation safety, Canada’s parliament mandates safety management systems for commercial operators.

A Canadian Parliament committee has issued 17 recommendations aimed at enhancing aviation safety. On the list was a “mandatory” recommendation for commercial operators to implement safety management systems (SMS).

Legislators further directed Transport Canada to develop risk-based oversight systems (based on SMS audit results) and adopt policies that would encourage “open, transparent and timely disclosure of safety concerns.” Recognizing the need for additional resources to undertake such an initiative, members directed the Canadian government to ensure adequate resources are available to staff and oversee the program.

Also on the Parliament’s wish list were fatigue-management regulations and a comprehensive International Civil Aviation Organization audit of Canada’s civil aviation oversight system.

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