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Airport Incident Reporting Practices A Synthesis of Airport Practice Stephen M. Quilty SMQ Airport ServiceS Abingdon, VA 2019 Research sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration Subscriber Categories Aviation â¢ Administration and Management â¢ Policy A I R P O R T C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M ACRP SYNTHESIS 95
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CRP STAFF FOR ACRP SYNTHESIS 95 Christopher J. Hedges, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Lori L. Sundstrom, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs Marci A. Greenberger, Acting Manager, Airport Cooperative Research Program Thomas Helms, Senior Program Officer Stephanie L. Campbell, Senior Program Assistant Eileen P. Delaney, Director of Publications Natalie Barnes, Associate Director of Publications ACRP PROJECT 11-03 PANEL Joshua D. Abramson, Easterwood Airport Management, College Station, TX (Chair) Debbie K. Alke, Montana DOT, Helena, MT (retired) Gloria G. Bender, TransSolutions, LLC, Fort Worth, TX David A. Byers, Quadrex Aviation, LLC, Melbourne, FL David N. Edwards, Jr., GreenvilleâSpartanburg Airport District, Greer, SC Brenda L. Enos, Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, MO Linda Howard, Independent Aviation Consultant, Bastrop, TX Patrick W. Magnotta, FAA Liaison Matthew J. Griffin, Airports Consultants Council Liaison Liying Gu, Airports Council InternationalâNorth America Liaison Adam Williams, Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association Liaison Christine Gerencher, TRB Liaison TOPIC S04-20 PANEL Scott R. Brummond, Wisconsin DOT, Madison, WI Benjamin Goodheart, Magpie Human Safety Systems, Evergreen, CO David Ison, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Portland, OR Edward K. McDonald, III, Port of Portland, Portland, OR Frank Rivera, Massachusetts Port Authority, East Boston, MA Roger Studenski, Jacksonville Aviation Authority, Jacksonville, FL Michael Yip, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, DFW Airport, TX Dale A. Williams, FAA Liaison Ashley Sng, Airports Council InternationalâNorth America Liaison Christine Gerencher, TRB Liaison C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M S
ABOUT THE ACRP SYNTHESIS PROGRAM Airport administrators, engineers, and researchers often face problems for which information already exists, either in documented form or as undocumented experience and practice. This infor- mation may be fragmented, scattered, and unevaluated. As a consequence, full knowledge of what has been learned about a problem may not be brought to bear on its solution. Costly research findings may go unused, valuable experience may be overlooked, and due consideration may not be given to recommended practices for solving or alleviating the problem. There is information on nearly every subject of concern to the airport industry. Much of it derives from research or from the work of practitioners faced with problems in their day-to-day work. To provide a systematic means for assembling and evaluating such useful information and to make it available to the entire airport community, the Airport Cooperative Research Program authorized the Transportation Research Board to undertake a continuing project. This project, ACRP Project 11-03, âSynthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices,â searches out and synthesizes useful knowl- edge from all available sources and prepares concise, documented reports on specific topics. Reports from this endeavor constitute an ACRP report series, Synthesis of Airport Practice. This synthesis series reports on current knowledge and practice, in a compact format, without the detailed directions usually found in handbooks or design manuals. Each report in the series provides a compendium of the best knowledge available on those measures found to be the most successful in resolving specific problems. FOREWORD By Thomas Helms Staff Officer Transportation Research Board The focus of this report is on current practices for defining, collecting, aggregating, protecting, and reporting airport organizational incident information. This study is based on information acquired through literature review, survey results from 11 airports from a range of geographic locations and airport classifications, and personal interviews with representatives of seven airports. Results of the literature review and survey are presented. Case examples representing in-depth interviews are presented in Chapter 9. Steve M. Quilty, SMQ Airport Services, synthesized the information and wrote the report. The members of the topic panel are acknowledged on page iv. This synthesis is an immediately useful document that records the practices that were acceptable within the limitations of the knowledge available at the time of its preparation. As progress in research and practice continues, new knowledge will be added to that now at hand.
1 Summary 5 Chapter 1 Introduction 5 Objective 6 Incident Reporting Overview 6 Safety-Centric Data 7 Enterprise-Centric Data 7 Mandatory Reporting 8 Voluntary Reporting 8 Using Incident Reporting 9 Synthesis Benefits 10 Audience 11 Methodology 11 Literature Review 12 Report Organization 13 Chapter 2 Terms and Definitions 13 Confusion Over the Term âIncidentâ 14 Defining Incident 16 Defining Near Miss/Close Call 17 Importance of Near-Miss Incident Reporting 18 Investigating Incidents 19 Chapter 3 Incidents Applied to Safety and Risk 20 Risk Management 20 Defining Risk 22 Hazards 22 Enterprise Risk Management 25 Scorecards and Dashboards 26 Chapter 4 Breadth and Depth of Incident Reporting 26 Incident Reporting as a Tool 28 Incident Reporting and Threat and Error Management 29 Chapter 5 Encouraging Incident Reporting 30 Safety Culture 31 Incident Reporting Practices and Culture 32 Culture Survey 32 Different Ways to Report Incidents C O N T E N T S
34 Chapter 6 Organizational Performance Indicators 34 Metrics, Measures, and Indicators 36 Safety and Key Performance Indicators 37 Reasons for Identifying Safety and Key Performance Indicators 38 Types of Safety and Key Performance Indicators 39 Leading and Lagging Indicators 40 Balance Between Leading and Lagging Indicators 42 Safety Culture as an Indicator 42 Customer Satisfaction as an Indicator 42 Training as an Indicator 43 Chapter 7 Research and Resources on Indicators and Metrics 43 Resources 44 Key Performance Indicators 45 Safety Performance Indicators 45 Leading/Lagging Indicators 45 Culture 45 Safety Management System and Safety Management Manual 46 Environmental 46 Automated People Mover 46 Health and Safety 47 Security 48 Chapter 8 Practices in Incident Reporting 48 Corroborating Incident Data 49 Overcome Barriers to Nondisclosure 49 Tracking Incident Data 50 Tracking Methods 51 Data Protection 52 Chapter 9 Case Examples 52 Large Hub: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, GA 53 Large Hub: Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, TX 55 Large Hub: Houston Airport System, TX 56 Large Hub: Port of Portland, OR 57 Large Hub: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, WA 57 Medium Hub: Columbus Regional Airport Authority, OH 58 Small Hub: Sarasota-Bradenton Airport Authority, FL 60 Chapter 10 Findings and Conclusions 60 Findings 60 Challenges 61 Conclusions 61 Suggestions 62 Further Research 63 References 66 Acronyms and Abbreviations
67 Appendix A Survey Responses 72 Appendix B Terms and Definitions 80 Appendix C Typical Accident and Incident Statistical Rates 82 Appendix D Example of Safety Indicators and Metrics for 14 CFR Part 139 90 Appendix E Sample Poster and Web Display for Confidential Incident Reporting 91 Appendix F Sample Policy Requiring Employee Incident Reporting 95 Appendix G Sample Safety Policy Requiring Incident Reporting 97 Appendix H Sample Employee Incident Report Form 99 Appendix I Example of Computer Incident Reporting Data Entry Screen 101 Appendix J Sample Safety Metrics Dashboard Note: Photographs, figures, and tables in this report may have been converted from color to grayscale for printing. The electronic version of the report (posted on the web at www.trb.org) retains the color versions.