WC 8.2.12 ATM SAFETY MONITORING TOOL

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WC 8.2.12 ATM SAFETY MONITORING TOOL

IFATCA considers ASMT to denote a generic ATM Safety Monitoring Tool that extracts ATM system data to detect infringements to parameters predefined within the system itself.

IFATCA has policy regarding what constitutes an ATM Safety Monitoring Tool and how it should be used. This paper will review the policy to ensure it continues to fit with new developments in the area and is valid for likely changes to the working environment.

  • The evolution of ASMT and the legal requirement to implement it in an increasing number of states presents a challenge for many ATCO communities. The paper ensures that the IFATCA policy is fit for purpose, providing a clear framework to Member Associations who are either experiencing ASMT for the first time or dealing with the evolution of existing systems.
  • The paper also identifies potential future challenges that the increasing levels of data capture, processing and storage may present ATCOs.

IFATCA Policy is:

ASMT must be part of a Safety Management System and shall not be used by Management as a punitive tool for disciplinary action.

Except for Aerodrome Control, the introduction of ASMT shall be preceded by the introduction of STCA.

Implementation of ASMT must be preceded by a clear statement in which its goals are defined.

ATCOs shall be involved in the definition of the ASMT role.

The criteria used to set up the ASMT parameters must be carefully planned and monitored. Sufficient consideration must be given to restrict false or nuisance reports.


See: WP 158 – Cancun 2002 and WP 156 – Marrakech 2000

IFATCA Policy is:

The system should not be used as a performance monitor for individual controllers. Analysis of any derived data should be undertaken by appropriately experienced and trained ATM safety experts.

Data obtained from the system should not be used as a capacity measurement or monitoring indicator.


See: WP 159 – Hong Kong 2004 and WP 158 – Buenos Aires 2003

IFATCA Policy is:

IFATCA has strong concerns about the negative implications of the implementation of an ASMT to the ATM system, especially in regard to the respecting JC principles. However, if an ASMT will be implemented the following principles shall apply:

ASMT must be part of a Safety Management System and shall not be used by management to take punitive action but solely for the prevention of future incidents and accidents. An ASMT shall only be enabled once appropriate safety nets relevant to the task such as STCA have been incorporated. The criteria used to define ASMT parameters must be carefully planned and monitored with due consideration to minimising nuisance alerts.

ATCOs shall be involved in the definition, implementation and future changes of the ASMT role.

Any incidents identified by an ASMT shall be subject to a thorough holistic investigation of the scenario by appropriately qualified personnel, taking due account of confidentiality provisions, and any subsequent action regarding the person(s) involved shall take full account of Just Culture principles.

The system shall not be used as a performance monitor for individual controllers, for capacity measurement or as a monitoring indicator. Analysis of any derived data shall be undertaken by appropriate safety experts

If an occurrence is only identified by the ASMT it shall not be seen by management prior to investigation as wilful non-reporting by the ATCO


See: WP 307 – Las Vegas 2016

 

Last Update: October 2, 2020  

November 5, 2019   244   Jean-Francois Lepage    WC    

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