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Previous Newsletters

Below are the five most recent newsletters. All the content from previous newsletters can be located
in the Aviation Safety Resource Library.

July 2014 | SM4 Safety Bulletin: Independent Audits, GAO Reviews SMS, Upset Recovery Training and More

May 2014 | Safety Culture: How Does Your Culture Grow?
Since the advent of safety management systems (SMS) at the beginning of this century, there have been many articles written about safety culture. Google the subject and you’ll find more treasure than if you were searching for real estate in Florida. But what does it mean? Does anyone actually think about their safety culture, either individually or as an organization? To paraphrase Mark Twain, “Safety culture is like the weather. Everyone talks about it, but nobody does anything about it.”

April 2014 | OSHA Update at a Glance: Workplace Safety & Cabin Crew
Enhancing Safety & Well-Being Through Training & Prevention—In 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a Policy Statement to enhance occupational safety and health in the aircraft cabin by establishing the extent to which Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards apply to the working conditions of aircraft cabin crew members while they are onboard aircraft in operation.

March 2014 | Beyond Notification and Family Assistance
Organizations that make it a top priority to take care of people after an accident are to be commended for their commitment to humanitarian response. But there should also be a commitment to the organization. Clear policies to ensure viability during and after a response are critical to a company’s profitability and long-term survival.

February 2014 | Why We are Losing the Safety Battle
As I reviewed the past couple of years worth of depressing safety statistics, it became clear to me that if we want to improve we need to do something different. In short, I believe we need to make two major changes in the way we are approaching safety management. First, we need to simplify things, and second, we need to spend as much time motivating as we do educating, maybe even more.

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