Speaker: Barry Kirwan PhD, Eurocontrol
Topic: Advances in aviation safety culture practices
Overview: Formal safety culture surveys are well known in the nuclear power and rail industries but are relatively new to aviation. However, the past eighteen months has seen a very high profile safety culture survey of 7,000 European pilots and two major airlines have carried out surveys, one European and one Global.
Additionally, for the first time, a safety culture study has been carried out by six different organisations based at the same airport. This has led to a new collaborative safety approach, the ‘Safety Culture Stack’ being initiated at the airport.
Barry Kirwan will talk about these new safety culture developments and discuss whether there are any ‘take home’ ideas for other industries.
Barry Kirwan currently works for the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol) where he is European Safety Culture Programme Manager and also co-chairs the Action Plan on Safety Research. Prior to this, Barry was Head of Human Factors for the National Air Traffic Services. He has been a Human Factors lecturer at the University of Birmingham and was Head of Human Factors at British Nuclear Fuels. Barry is also a very successful author with many published human factors, science fiction and fiction stories to his name.