Safety Best Practices

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The word safety refers to the management of risk with the goal of eliminating, reducing, and/or mitigating injury and loss as a result of accidents and incidents. NBAA’s vision statement begins with an unqualified commitment to enhance the safety of business aviation. Safety is fundamental to business aviation’s role within the nation’s transportation system. It is also a key expectation of those who we personally transport. Our community must not only be safe, it also must have the perception of safety.

The following concepts and actions are elements of safety culture that can be found in many organizations:

  • Unqualified commitment to safety as a behavioral pattern and pervasive way of life by top management.

  • Unambiguous expectations by each level of management as well as each peer group that, for all employees, safe life patterns and work habits are as normal as breathing and must be practiced off the job as well as on the job.

  • Availability of quality, standardized equipment with which to accomplish the assigned tasks.

  • Clear, easily understood operating procedures, followed without deviation.

  • Inclusive system of communications for collecting, analyzing, and exchanging incident data related to safety.

  • Non-retribution for submission of incident data.

  • Retraining without penalty or stigma when safety is involved.

  • System for tracking incident and accident data, analysis of trends, and feedback of results.

  • Peer acceptance that accidents are preventable, regardless of operations.

  • Peer acceptance that safety is a matter of lifestyle - a matter of culture.

In order to assist the membership in developing or refining a formal safety program, the NBAA Safety Committee has compiled this Prototypical Business Aviation Safety Manual. The motivation for this project was to ensure NBAA Member Companies a means of addressing risk within their organizations. The NBAA Safety Committee has identified both flight and ground safety programs that may be necessary to reduce risk in any business aviation organization. These programs are prototypes only and should not be construed as recommended policy. Each organization should tailor their own safety program to its own specific needs.

Follow the links below to download a specific program element.

General Safety Policy
46 KB Microsoft Word File
33 KB Adobe PDF File

Safety Committee
33 KB Microsoft Word File
18 KB Adobe PDF File

Standard Operating Procedures - Fixed Wing
243 KB Microsoft Word File
185 KB Adobe PDF File

Standard Operating Procedures - Rotary Wing
213 KB Microsoft Word File
163 KB Adobe PDF File

Flight Deck Automation
Refer to NBAA Alert Bulletin 99-1 Attachment: Prototypical Crew Guidance for Advanced Cockpit Aircraft

66 KB Microsoft Word File
117 KB Adobe PDF File

Hazard and Incident Reporting and Investigation
53 KB Microsoft Word File
62 KB Adobe PDF File

Accident Preparedness Plan
359 KB Microsoft Word File
272 KB Adobe PDF File

Facility Emergency Plan
102 KB Microsoft Word File
67 KB Adobe PDF File

Compliance Assessment
719 KB Microsoft Word File
555 KB Adobe PDF File

OSHA Recording and Reporting
46 KB Microsoft Word File
27 KB Adobe PDF File

Hazard Communication
41 KB Microsoft Word File
51 KB Adobe PDF File

Hazardous Waste
117 KB Microsoft Word File
79 KB Adobe PDF File

Regulated Wastes
41 KB Microsoft Word File
20 KB Adobe PDF File

Personal Protective Equipment
90 KB Microsoft Word File
138 KB Adobe PDF File

Respiratory Protection
55 KB Microsoft Word File
82 KB Adobe PDF File

Hearing Conservation
39 KB Microsoft Word File
18 KB Adobe PDF File

Fall Protection
45 KB Microsoft Word File
28 KB Adobe PDF File

Powered Industrial Vehicles (Tugs, Scissorlifts, Forklifts)
62 KB Microsoft Word File
42 KB Adobe PDF File

Bloodborne Pathogens
70 KB Microsoft Word File
43 KB Adobe PDF File

Employee Exposure and Medical Records
57 KB Microsoft Word File
41 KB Adobe PDF File

Contractor Safety
56 KB Microsoft Word File
42 KB Adobe PDF File

OSHA Compliance Inspections
80 KB Microsoft Word File
54 KB Adobe PDF File

OSHA Compliance Checklist Added May 2003
49 KB Microsoft Word File
81 KB Adobe PDF File