Royal Air Force helps Baines Simmons to take FAiR® to the next level
During recent months, the Royal Air Force (RAF) has increasingly realized the benefits of a more proactive reporting culture as their Maintenance Error Management System ((M)EMS) goes live across its Main Operating Bases.
Of key significance on the journey towards improved safety culture and performance is the joint further development and use of the Baines Simmons Flowchart Analysis of Investigation Results (FAiR®) tool.
The RAF (M)EMS Programme has provided the two organisations with the opportunity to work together to review the FAiR® System in practice and to produce an enhanced version of the toolkit that can be applied to a broader range of the cultures and scenarios within the RAF.
These modifications to the original FAiR® tool have broadened its applicability across the wider RAF community, so that it is now more inclusive of Aircraft Maintenance, Continuing Airworthiness, Flight Operations and Ground Support. The resulting developmental tool changes will also assist in the adoption of FAiR® in any safety-critical industry – indeed, all organisations that are searching for the right balance between theory and practice in creating and sustaining a ‘just culture.’
In particular, Baines Simmons would like to acknowledge the contributions of Air Commodore (now Air Vice-Marshal) Julian Young, Wing Commander Mark Stubbs and Squadron Leader Jim Creber from Headquarters Air Command, who have been instrumental in honing FAiR® into its latest iteration and facilitating its ‘beta testing’ in the RAF.