Decisionmaking answers the question, “What’s to be done about it.” To complete the decision-making step, certificate management members must decide: if action needs to be taken to mitigate the hazard to reduce the level of risk; if the certificate just needs to be monitored, or, if the responsibility for getting the hazard mitigated needs to be transferred to some other Flight Standards or FAA organization.
: While this activity in the decision-making step does not appear on the Worksheet, the PI must decide on how soon each risk must be addressed. A fundamental goal of system safety and risk management is to focus FAA efforts on the critical issues before working the less important issues. This process provides the information needed to do that more effectively. Whether you are creating a new RMW or continue to process an existing RMW, the more important issues must be addressed by the certificate management office before those of lesser importance. Sequencing of the issues should be based on several factors such as overall risk assessment, the timeliness of required actions and local, regional, or headquarters priorities.
Section 3: Decision-Making (What’s to be done about it?)
Rationale & Date
10. : Select the approach for addressing the risk. Place a check mark in the blocks that correspond to the approach the CHDO will use to deal with this risk. The choices are as follows:
Mitigate: Additional action is needed to reduce or eliminate the level of risk
Monitor: The risk level is within normally expected limits and no surveillance is required beyond that normally conducted
Transfer: It is now appropriate to allocate authority, responsibility, and accountability for taking action to another AFS or FAA organization
When to Use
Use mitigate as an approach when actions are needed to reduce or eliminate the level of risk:
Mitigation is usually carried out by the certificate holder with CHDO oversight.
Sometimes, the CHDO may use mitigation strategies that do not involve the certificate holder such as reevaluating certificate holder programs approvals, authorizations, deviations and exemptions, or amending or revoking the certificate holder’s authority to conduct all or part of an operation, or initiating an enforcement action.
Use monitor as an approach when:
The risk level is within normally expected limits, and
No surveillance is required beyond that normally conducted under the NPG.
Use transfer as an approach when corrective action for the hazard is beyond the CHDO’s authority. In transfer, the CHDO allocates authority, responsibility, and accountability for taking action to another AFS or FAA organization.