Safety | Aviation Flight | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Applied Sciences and Arts


Policy Statement

The Department of Aviation Management and Flight (AVMAF) at Southern Illinois University recognizes an effective Safety Management System (SMS) is vital to the success and longevity of the organization. Therefore, AVMAF is committed to the implementation and maintenance of a fully functional SMS and to continuous improvement of the level of safety throughout the department. This will enable its management, employees, students, and guests to operate in a safe environment. 

All employees and students in the department have the responsibility to perform their duties and activities in the safest practical manner. AVMAF will establish specific safety-related objectives and will periodically publish and distribute those objectives to all employees.  To ensure that these are met, the safety objectives will be monitored, measured, and tracked.

AVMAF is committed to providing the necessary financial, personnel, and other resources to establish and maintain a fully functional SMS.  AVMAF has established a confidential employee reporting system to report all hazards, accidents, incidents, and safety issues without fear of reprisal.  Activities involving intentional disregard for federal regulations or organizational policies and procedures may be subject to disciplinary action.

As a component of the SMS, AVMAF is committed to an established emergency response procedure and plan that provides for the safe transition from normal to emergency operations.

AVMAF will convey this expectation to all employees through postings, safety website updates, meetings, and any other means to ensure all employees are aware of the organization’s SMS, their duties and responsibilities, and our safety policy. This safety policy is periodically reviewed to ensure it remains relevant and appropriate to the organization.

Mike Burgener, Interim Chair

Accountable Executive

Department of Aviation Management and Flight