HEALTH AND SAFETY INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR
Gama Aviation’s Middle East HQ has made a significant contribution to the group with a new hazard and risk reporting database. The team in the quality and safety department have developed a hazard and risk register database, which allows for the analysis and continued monitoring of risk related to Gama’s activities.
The database has been shown to GCAA inspectors as part of their assessment of Gama’s safety management system. The database has played a significant role in the GCAA’s acknowledgment of the improvements made in the last year, to the extent that it will be using Gama’s efforts in this area as an example of what is needed for other operators during their assessments.
Safety risk management is centred on a systematic approach to hazard identification and risk management, assessing the potential severity and likelihood of those hazards occurring and then implementing appropriate control measures to mitigate the risks to an acceptable level.
As part of its initiative, Gama created a proactive safety risk management system, using the tools of hazard identification, risk assessment and risk mitigation, across all functional areas of its FZC’s operations. Through the use of these tools it is possible to identify issues with potential to be harmful to Gama. It also details the need for investigation of incidents and occurrences and any deviation in expected and delivered service in order to further identify and resolve identified hazards and risks.
The Gama Risk Management Database is an electronic tool powered by Microsoft Access designed to implement its effective safety risk management strategy. It gathers risk information and allows for analysis and monitoring of hazards in a systematic approach covering four major components of SMS – hazard identification processes, risk assessment and mitigation processes, internal safety investigation processes and safety performance monitoring and measurement processes.