Cayman Islands State Safety Programme

Introduction to the Safety Programme



This brief serves to introduce the Cayman Islands State Safety Plan which is attached to this document. Together with the Cayman Islands Safety Policy and the State Safety Plan (SSP) document this brief is available in hard-copy, electronic version and on the CAACI web site.

The document is offered for consultation and any comments, suggestions or recommendations would be gratefully received by 31st March 2016.

ICAO Annex 19, Safety Management Systems, first published in July 2013 and effective from 14th November 2013 requires that each State develops an SSP designed to manage safety within the State in order to achieve an acceptable level of safety performance (ALoSP) in civil aviation.

The SSP established by the State is to be commensurate with the size and the complexity of its aviation activities.

Contracting states are required to implement a fully effective SSP by 31st December 2019.

In normal ICAO usage, the word “State” refers to the Contracting State which in this instance would be the United Kingdom. However, bearing in mind that an SSP is to be commensurate with the size and the complexity of its aviation activities it is clear that the UK’s State Safety Programme would not only be significantly different from that of its Overseas Territories but it might also be inappropriate. Consequently, it has been decided that each OT will be responsible for producing its own, bespoke, SSP which will be attached to the UK document to demonstrate how the UK and the OTs meet their safety obligations. The process of developing individual SSPs within the OTs to meet the 2019 deadline is being coordinated by Air Safety Support International (ASSI).

ICAO Annex 19 (page 1-3) defines an SSP as:
“an integrated set of regulations and activities aimed at improving safety”

The content of an SSP is described in detail in the supporting ICAO Doc 9859. Chapter 4 of Doc 9859 identifies the four component parts of an SSP with each part comprising a number of elements as follows:

4.1 State Safety Policy and Objectives
4.1.1 State safety legislative framework
4.1.2 State safety responsibilities and accountabilities
4.1.3 Accident and incident investigation
4.1.4 Enforcement policy

4.2 State Safety Risk Management
4.2.1 Safety Requirements for the service providers’ SMS
4.2.2 Agreement on the service providers’ safety performance

4.3 State Safety Assurance
4.3.1 Safety Oversight
4.3.2 Safety data collection analysis and exchange
4.3.3 Safety-data-driven targeting of oversight of areas of greater concern or need

4.4 State Safety Promotion
4.4.1 Internal training, communication and dissemination of safety information
4.4.2 External training, communication and dissemination of safety information

The above is but an overview of the content and ICAO requires considerable detail to satisfy each individual element.

In order to satisfy each element, briefly identified above, several requirements must be met. These are also outlined in Chapter 4 of Doc 9859 and were used in July 2014 as the basis for a gap analysis to identify the current status of the Cayman Islands safety management infrastructure. The current version of the initial gap analysis (updated in December 2015) is contained at Appendix C to the Cayman Islands’ SSP document. The purpose of the gap analysis was simply:

  • to establish where the Cayman Islands met the ICAO criteria in relation to an SSP and;
  • to identify the areas that remained to be addressed.

Thereafter, it has been necessary to establish a work programme which will enable the Cayman Islands to be