Safety Scanning training

A way to approach safety from the beginning

Even though the different air transport organisations and authorities often have conflicting goals, they generally agree on one thing: a new operational concept cannot be introduced into practice if it is not safe. Unfortunately, when the development is already well underway, the safety of a concept is not easily repaired without losing capacity, efficiency, major investments, and lots of valuable time. Therefore, from a business and oversight perspective, it is of paramount importance to incorporate safety into the concept from the very beginning of the development.

Safety scanning supports this perspective. In initial phases of the life-cycle of an operational concept, Safety scanning coordinates and communicates awareness and understanding of safety needs between stakeholders, and gives a level of confidence of how safety is being addressed in a project. In later phases it supports regulators in developing acceptance criteria for safety evidence.

In a Safety scan, a new or changed air transport operational concept is cross-checked against all aspects important for safety. These aspects are referred to as ‘Safety Fundamentals’. A Safety scan shows stakeholders the loose ends that require further attention from safe concept development, safety oversight, legislation, regulation and safety management. Safety scanning is supported by a Safety Scanning Tool (SST). A Safety scan can be conducted by one or two persons, or in a session environment by a group of interacting stakeholders and oversight officials, guided by a moderator.

NLR-ATSI, together with University of Kassel, offers a course that shows how to organise and moderate a Safety scanning and to get the best results out of it.

Experiences from participants

"I particularly liked the alternation of theory and practice in this course; between listening and doing."
"This course was structured well, and with interesting participants."
"Strong point of this course is the multi-actor approach"

The course is suitable for Regulators in aviation, Project managers, and Safety managers.

At the moment, dedicated courses are available for self-organised groups. Such a group can be a selection of the main players from regulator, inspectorate and safety management unit in a certain state, a selection of managers of several departments within an air navigation service provider, or a team of technical experts and a project manager working on one project.

From NLR-ATSI, the course will be provided by Mariken Everdij. In 1994, she joined NLR, where she has worked on developing stochastic dynamic models as basis for insight and safety analysis of enhancements in air transport operations. She has performed air traffic management safety risk assessments for various customers, and has wide research and development expertise related to evaluation and analysis of safety assessment methods. She is now a senior scientist at NLR-ATSI, where she works on developing safety methods to address future air transport operations that involve multiple diverse stakeholders. Mariken Everdij has MSc degrees in Applied Mathematics (University of Twente) and in Mathematics for Industry (Eindhoven University of Technology), and a PhD degree in Dynamic Risk Modelling (University of Twente).
From the University Kassel, the course will be provided by Prof. Dr. Oliver Straeter with support by his fellows Georgios Athanassiou and Marcus Arenius.

Prof. Oliver Sträter is an engineering psychologist and worked for EUROCONTROL, the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation, on Human automation issues in ATM and the long term safety strategy of Air Traffic Management. In this context he headed the Safety Regulation work-package in the definition phase of the Single European Sky research project, SESAR and created the SESAR safety register. Before, he was working as part of the German Nuclear Regulatory Body on safety regulation regarding human performance and human error. Since 2008 he took over the Professorship for Human Factors and organizational Psychology of the University Kassel. Georgios Athanassiou and Marcus Arenius are PhD fellows working on the further development of safety scanning, human reliability assessment and crew resource management issues.

In the course we will explain the Safety Fundamentals, introduce Safety scanning and outline relevant lessons learned from practise.

The general outline of the course is as follows:

  • What are the Safety Fundamentals?
  • What is Safety scanning and what is it not?
  • How can I benefit from Safety scanning?
  • How does Safety scanning fit in an iterative process of safe concept development and oversight?
  • How do I organise a Safety scan?
  • How do I get the best out of the participants of a Safety scan?
  • How do I interpret the results of a Safety scan?
  • How do I make sure that the Safety scanning results effectively improve safe concept development?

Since Safety scanning is an approach that thrives on communication and interactions, we provide a dynamic and interactive training, assisted by exercises, role-playing, video, and discussions. We ask you to participate actively, to bring in your experience, and to disagree with trainers and other trainees.

For further information on ATSI Academy please contact us via our contact form or contact Patricia Sijaranamual at +31 88 511 35 00 or via to find the course that meets your wishes.