|Accountability is to apply the intent of a safety tool.|
The reason why it is important who promotes the safety policy is to establish an organizational commitment to safety. The policy must be promoted by someone who has organizational authority to promote and who has safety authority respected in the organization. Often the accountable executive is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the airport, or airline. If the airport, or airline is operated by a government, the accountable executive may be the highest ranking non-elected person, or even an elected political person. However, if the organization is of a large size and complexity, the CEO may be too far removed from reality for an effective role as accountable executive. Statements and policies from a political elected person, or a highest ranking non-elected person, who has been assigned role as an accountable executive, may be viewed as nothing else but political statement without any powers to impact personnel at other organizational levels. The success of a safety policy is viewed from the ground up.
|Respect is a result of accountability.|
When the accountable executive at an accountable organizational level promotes the safety policy it becomes an authorial document that other personnel will accept and further accept their own accountability role within the organization of an airport or airline. Accountability is not just at the top management level, but at all levels in the organization. Everyone are accountable to their own job description, accountable to the intent of their job performance and accountable to aviation safety.