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What is Partnership for Safety?

The Mission is to facilitate the identification of risk through the use of collaborative safety councils. Partnership for Safety supports local collaborative efforts between FAA Management and NATCA to develop solutions to identified safety issues. The Local Safety Councils composition and processes are determined by the local Facility Manager and local NATCA representative.

What does a Local Safety Council do?

Local Safety Councils investigate and research reported local safety issues. They view all issues from a Just Culture perspective with an emphasis on the 'what and why' of the concern - - not 'who'. These local councils are charged with researching and making recommendations to mitigate safety risks at the local level.

Who comprises the Local Safety Council?

A Local Safety Council is comprised of, as a minimum:

- member of Local Facility Management
- member of Local Labor Unit Management

as designated by the Facility Representative and the Air Traffic Manager.

Can more people be on an LSC?

Other safety professionals may be a part of the LSC at the discretion of the Facility Manager and the Facility Representative.

How often do they meet?

The frequency of meetings by Local Safety Councils is decided entirely by each LSC.

What kinds of issues does a Local Safety Council handle?

Local Safety Councils convene to explore and develop mitigations/propose solutions to locally identified operational safety concerns. (OSHA issues are beyond the scope of LSCs.)

What happens when an LSC recommends a change?

Local Safety Council activity depends upon the scope of the change. Potentially an LSC could recommend changes in the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Letters of Agreement (LOAs), or other operation procedures. The LSC may also recommend and sponsor a Safety Risk Management Panel (SRMP) in order to perform a formalized safety analysis of identified hazard(s).

What tools are available to LSCs from the PFS Website?

The PFS Website is designed as a One Stop Shop for accessing and sharing information. The goal is to create a resource which supports the development and functionality of Local Safety Councils. Links to ATSAP information and data sharing tools are featured items, but news feeds and local safety stories are also highlighted.

Who is allowed access to the portals?

Anyone can visit the PFS website and all are welcome. The Safety Data Portal and the ATCInfoHub site can only be accessed by members of the LSCs.

My Local Safety Council has already been established, why do I need to complete another form?

Each new LSC member does go through the same coordination process. We utilize the information from the PFS Change Form to solicit concurrence from both the ATM and FACREP for each new member.

These forms serve as our method of tracking and using them is the most expedient way of adding new members. This automation also ensures that each of us whom is jointly responsible for coordinating training logistics, receives and is working with, the same information.

As personnel fluctuate, identifying the current ATM/FacRep ensures that we are soliciting concurrence from the correct individuals.

I received an email granting access to the ATCInfoHub, why can’t I login?

If you’ve received an email, you still have access the ATC InfoHub. We are working to remedy the short 7-day turn around time for the account access link.

In the mean time, please visit the website. Click on Programs, and then click ATCInfoHub. Next, just click the forgotten password link and walk through the steps to reset your login credentials using your FAA email address. Although the site uses the FAA email address to login, any alternate email addresses that you provide, will also be added so that you may receive more timely notifications.

I attended PFS LSC Training yesterday and have not yet received access to the tools. Do I need to submit another request?

The PFS Team is working to complete the validation process and establish your user accounts. A confirmation request has been sent to both the ATM and FACREP. Once they reply with their concurrence, we create account credentials for each active member within 48 hours and update our records accordingly.

I received a user name and password for the Safety Data Portal. I am able to “log-in” but cannot view any of the Topics associated with my facility.

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Our facility already has a Workforce Engagement group or a Collaborative Work Group. Are we required to have a Local Safety Council as well? Aren't they the same?

The order regarding Collaborative Work Groups (CWG) stipulates that CWGs must not determine any safety issues. However, the same team which comprises a CWG may also serve as a Local Safety Council, if that is the wish of the Facility Management and NATCA. The goal is to identify a collaborative team of safety champions to address operational safety issues that have been identified by the local workforce.