Voluntary Reporting Programs Contribute to Aviation Industry’s Stellar Safety Results

In the EHS&Q industry it’s sometimes easy to get caught up in the “doom and gloom.” While it’s important to identify areas of concern and drive improvement, it’s also necessary to celebrate our achievements. It is equally possible to learn from successes as it is to learn from failures. As a model for continuous improvement in safety, the aviation industry offers some unique insights.

In the United States alone, more than two million passengers now board more than 30,000 flights every day. Yet the rate of serious incidents and fatalities has been steadily decreasing as the industry takes advantage of new technology and implements comprehensive safety programs. In fact, 2012 was the safest year for air travel since 1945, according to the Aviation Safety Network, an independent database located in the Netherlands,

Globally, in 2012 there were just 23 deadly accidents and 475 fatalities – less than half the 1,147 … Read more...