ICAO describes a State Safety Programme (SSP) as “an integrated set of regulations and activities aimed at improving safety”. The SSP exists to ensure the State achieves an Acceptable Level of Safety Performance (ALoSP). The level of the ALoSP and the means by which it is expressed remains at the discretion of the State. Safety Performance Indicators/Targets are currently evolving alongside service provider’s safety management systems.
The requirement for an SSP recognises that States as well as service providers have safety responsibilities and provides a framework within which service providers are required to establish safety management systems (SMS).
ICAO standards also require that the ALoSP to be achieved is established by the State(s) concerned. The concept of establishing an ALoSP attempts to complement the current regulatory compliance approach to safety management with a performance based approach. Some guidance on what constitutes an ALoSP is provided by ICAO. In summary the ALoSP consists of 4 components, a start point, safety performance indicator (SPI), an in year safety performance target (SPT) and the safety requirements to achieve the target.
The Cayman Islands SSP has been developed using the material within ICAO Document 9859 i.e. the SSP framework and guidance material, including the SSP gap analysis. Where possible, the headings proposed by ICAO in its framework SSP document have been adopted in this document.
Following of the ICAO framework SSP document structure chapter 1 and the early sections of chapter 2 describe the State high level overview looking at the underpinning legal structures. Whereas, the latter sections of chapter 2, the following chapters 3, 4 and 5 focus more on the aviation regulatory work.