Health and safety are our highest priorities in the Australian Air Force Cadets.
The AAFC’s range of activities provides the best possible aviation- focused experiential learning environment and offers maximum value to cadets and adult supervisors in a safe, effective way .
Many activities involve inherent hazards which become safety threats if they are not identified or worse, ignored. A disciplined approach to safety practices is essential. Hazards and risks to health and safety must be systematically identified, understood and controlled to an acceptable level if we are to achieve our ultimate goal of zero injuries or deaths.
Every person involved with the AAFC has a personal responsibility to be safety conscious, to actively involve themselves in employing safe working practices in all AAFC activities, and to report hazards or unsafe practices through their chain of command.
Every commander must listen to safety concerns, take effective action to mitigate and manage the risk to as low as reasonably practicable in a timely manner, or to immediately bring the issue to the attention of those who can resolve the matter.
The AAFC’s AAFCSafe system is included under the RAAFSafe umbrella as the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Management System.
AAFCSafe allows us to identify hazards and associated risks across the wide range of AAFC activities so we can eliminate accidents and injury. Our objectives are to continue growing the positive reporting culture of the AAFC ( measured by the number of safety reports submitted annually) and to increase the number of hazards identified and mitigated.
However, AAFCSafe is only effective if every cadet and adult supervisors is committed to applying the safety principles and to managing the risks in AAFC activities. We need to be risk aware, not risk averse.
Effective communication, documented policy, training, hazard identification, planning, risk management and review are all good leadership principles. Combined, they contribute to a safe operating environment.