Thursday, September 3, 2009

FAA Moves Away from Blame and Punishment

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) took another step toward a new safety culture by reducing the emphasis on blame in the reporting of operational errors by air traffic controllers.  “We’re moving away from a culture of blame and punishment,” said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. “It’s important to note that controllers remain accountable for their actions, but we’re moving toward a new era that focuses on why these events occur and what can be done to prevent them.” 
 
Effective immediately, the names of controllers will not be included in reports sent to FAA headquarters on operational errors…. Removing names on the official report will allow investigators to focus on what happened rather than who was at fault.

Link to FAA press release.

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