005/21

Status
Open
Recommendation Date
Recipient Name
CAA
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On 27 May 2021 the Commission recommended that the Director of Civil Aviation promote education awareness of the benefit of aircraft pilots and occupants wearing appropriate helmets when practicable and when operational conditions indicate a potential benefit.
Reply Text
The Authority believes that Civil Aviation Part 100 Safety Management and the Health
and Safety at Work Act 2015 already sufficiently require operators to consider their risks
and whether the use of personal protective equipment (including a flight helmet) is
appropriate for use during operations. Specifically, CAR 100.3 requires certificated
organisations to implement a process for risk management that identifies hazards to
aviation safety, and that evaluates and manages the associated risks. Hazards, incidents,
and accidents must be internally reported and analysed, and actions must be taken to
prevent recurrence. Likewise, section 30 of HSWA requires the elimination of risks to
health and safety, so far as is reasonably practicable; and if it is not reasonably practicable
to eliminate risks to health and safety, to minimise those risks so far as is reasonably
practicable.
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