RAF Brize Norton adopts Baines Simmons safety advisory services
RAF Brize Norton – the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) largest Main Operating Base (MOB) is now using Baines Simmons Safety Management Advisory Services to further develop its safety model.
Following the commissioning of a Safety Management Diagnostic and Safety Culture review earlier this year, Baines Simmons has been invited to provide ongoing expertise as safety advisors to the senior management team at Royal Air Force (RAF) Brize Norton. Today, it is the main MOB used for deploying UK troops and logistics in support of operations worldwide, employing some 5,000 service personnel and over 600 civilians – RAF Brize Norton is the largest military airfield in Europe.
Baines Simmons Principal Consultant Steve Harriss (right) with Group Captain Stamp, MA RAF
Baines Simmons was initially engaged to carry out a study to test the effectiveness of the current safety management system (SMS) at RAF Brize Norton. The rapid analysis Safety Management Diagnostic (SMD) tool developed by Baines Simmons is designed to evaluate the organisational effectiveness of safety engagement, hazard and risk management, SMS promotion and analysis and oversight. To complement the safety management review, Baines Simmons also conducted a safety culture survey within Squadron Engineering and Logistics personnel to determine attitudes and behaviours with respect to aviation safety. The result provided a valuable understanding and benchmark for planning and prioritisations as well as generating a list of focussed recommendations and expert observations for local management consideration.
“We believe our attitude to safety is a key contributor to the ongoing success of RAF Brize Norton as a military MOB. Baines Simmons has thoroughly examined many of our sections and capabilities and compiled a very detailed and accurate snap-shot of the cultures, attitudes and processes in place at the time,” commented Group Captain Stamp, MA RAF. “The ensuing report has enabled us to direct our resources effectively and target those areas that most need our attention. With Baines Simmons on board as a strategic and technical advisor, our goal is to move further towards a proactive preventative model. We are delighted to have had a very positive recent audit by the MAA which evidenced an overall increase in the effectiveness of our SMS.”
“Baines Simmons provides world class integrated products and services that develop effective sustainable aviation safety management systems. Our safety management philosophy is based on the belief that effective safety management outcomes can only be delivered through proactive safety cultures that can only be generated through a people-centric approach to safety management. We are a world leader in developing and sustaining organisational engagement to continual safety maturity improvements through the development of active leadership, intelligent regulatory adoption and positive safety cultures” says Steve Harriss, Principal Consultant – Safety Programmes at Baines Simmons.
“Our SMS expertise lies in our understanding and integration of the key enabling components that drive effective safety management improvements. Successful safety performance entirely correlates with positive safety cultures,” states Steve Harriss. “We were delighted to be offered the opportunity to continue to work with the senior management at RAF Brize Norton, who consistently demonstrate professionalism towards achieving organisation-wide safety cultural engagement and who have the ambition to move towards sustained world class SMS”.
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 350 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.