Changing the Safety Mindset

NATA’s SMS program takes the lead in creating a culture of safety


Letellier was able to fast track the new safety initiative because her company already had a few components in place, such as a safety committee. She says that NATA’s twelve-month timetable is realistic, depending on how big the company is and the resources that are available to the safety manager.

After participating in the workshop in Orlando, Million Air Cleveland’s operations manager James Price says he realized that he had to start from scratch. “It made me realize that I had really let a couple things lapse,” Price says of the company’s current safety initiatives. “[Now] I’m rewriting job descriptions; I have to select the safety committee; and the owner and I are still working on writing the manual. I think once we get everything written and in place, it will just be a natural flow of things.” Price says that in being part of a smaller operation [20 employees], “the only delay is trying to find the time to sit down and compose it all.”

On the topic of selecting an internal safety committee, Price says, “I think that [the safety committee] is the crucial link that will tie everything together and get everyone involved. We certainly won’t be the record breakers in getting [SMS] implemented, but I want to do it right.”

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