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EHOC welcomes presentation from Baines Simmons

Aviation safety improvement specialist, Baines Simmons, was one of a select group of aviation businesses invited to speak at this year’s European Helicopter Operators Committee (EHOC) annual conference in Istanbul on 12 and 13 May 2012.

European Helicopter Operators Committee (EHOC) annual conference

The EHOC family and guest speakers and wives at the annual conference in Istanbul

EHOC provides an annual forum for the most senior representatives from the helicopter operators, manufacturers and regulators to discuss significant issues of concern to the offshore helicopter industry. This year, the event hosted internationally-renowned speakers enlarging upon the theme “Impact of Human Factors and Organisational Culture on Safety Performance”. The speakers included Keven Baines, Dr Graham Braithwaite, Dick Healing and Professor Patrick Hudson.

Keven Baines, Managing Director at Baines Simmons, expounded on the subject of ‘People do safety; policy and procedures do not’. His enthusiastically-received presentation examined how to harness human behaviour to generate success and the need to apply this to managers as well as front-line individuals in order to effect change in organisation practices in support of safety.

“Historically, the efforts of those in the aviation industry have tended to focus on creating a culture of compliance and this will never result in a truly effective safety management system,” states Baines. “Safety culture needs to be a strategically-led undertaking from the executive management and not simply the aggregated behaviour of individuals working for the organisation.”

EHOC was established in 1969 to further the field of aviation excellence through the exchange of safety, technical and operational information, materials and data. It works with regulatory authorities and manufacturers to achieve effective representation within the European Helicopter Association.

Baines Simmons is recognised as an international market leader in the integration of safety performance management, specialising in securing organisation-wide cultural engagement for effective and sustainable world class SMS. It operates as a trusted partner to more than 400 of the world’s leading civil and military aviation organisations in 40 countries, including the Ministry of Defence. The company has well-established links with more than 30 regulators worldwide, including the UK CAA and EASA.