Safety is the number one priority of the aviation industry. Air navigation service providers work to maintain and improve safety performance whilst facing many challenges, including: increasing traffic demand; the implementation of new technologies; new entrants to controlled airspace and increasing automation.

The Safety Standing Committee (SSC) oversees CANSO’s Safety Programme to meet the objectives and outcomes in support of the CANSO Safety vision; to be the global leaders on ATM/ATS safety matters. The work of the Programme is focussed on developing best practices for current safety risks, identifying safety issues and challenges, and coordinating with pertinent international and regulatory bodies in pursuit of continuous safety improvement.

In addition to the SSC, there are four groups within the Safety Programme that develop recommendations, policies, strategies and materials across a wide range of key safety issues.

Safety Performance Measurement Workgroup (SPMWG)The SPMWG works to identify predictive measures of risk and positive safety performance metrics and create new leading indicators so that Members can better understand their safety performance and risk control effectiveness. The group conducts analysis based on comprehensive data mining and statistical research to improve operational safety. Reports produced by the SPMWG generate better understanding of the ATM system’s current safety status and awareness about trends in potential safety hazards.
Future Safety Development Workgroup (FSDWG)The FSDWG develops guidance and educational materials to assist ANSPs with evolving their safety approach and safety management system (SMS) and looks at the potential safety impacts of new technologies and new entrants to airspace. Members identify and develop innovative approaches and techniques to assist ANSPs with transitioning to increasingly automated service delivery and promote good practices in SMS.
Human Performance Management Workgroup (HPMWG)The HPMWG helps ANSPs measure current human performance management (HPM) maturity and implement effective human performance management by supporting targeted assessments and workshops. The group is developing a roadmap to assist member ANSPs with establishing a human performance management programme.
Cyber Safety Task Force (CSTF)The CSTF is working on the development of a cyber maturity model that focuses on how the ATM service provider prepares for, detects, responds and recovers from a cyber incident, helping to ensure that ATM services remain safe during and following a cyber-attack. It also provides guidance on cyber security risk assessment.

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