Safety Management Systems

Safety is an integral part of our mission and mandate. Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe will strive to provide continued safe airport operations by guaranteeing a clearly-defined level of safety which excludes all possible risks that may result in accidents and damage, by means of a pro-active, predictive, preventative approach to safety.

Through our Safety Management System, all airport personnel will receive safety training, to ensure compliance with national and international regulations applicable thereto.

Safety Management Systems

The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe has made it a culture of proactive safety management systems going beyond compliance with prescriptive legislation by adopting a systematic approach where potential risks are identified and managed to acceptable levels. As an aviation entity, we give utmost importance to safety which we have deliberately made an integral part of our mission and mandate.

We adopted the safety management system comprising of safety plans, safety performance indicators, safety targets and continuous monitoring to attain our safety objectives through risk management, safety assurance and safety promotion.

State Safety Program

As an ICAO contracting State, we have developed a State Safety Program meant to identify, monitor and maintain the effectiveness of all aviation safety
management systems within Zimbabwe. The basis of the program is strategically pinned on ICAO SARPS to ensure uniformity at a global stage through safety benchmarks and continual improvement by adhering to the principles of ethical governance to maintain and improve the travelling public’s trust in all our aviation activities.

Voluntary Incident Reporting

CAAZ has complied with ICAO Annex 13 to include a voluntary incident reporting system in addition to mandatory occurrence reports by introducing a just, non-punitive culture across all aviation entities as part of our risk management system through various fora including individual open or confidential reporting and Runway Safety Teams.

Transportation of Dangerous Goods by Air- Passenger Awareness System on Prohibited Items

Definition of Dangerous Goods

Articles or substances which are capable of posing a hazard to health, safety, property or the environment and which are shown in the list of dangerous goods in the ICAO Technical Instructions or which are classified according to those Instructions.

Limitations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air  

Some dangerous goods have been identified as being too dangerous to be carried on any aircraft under any circumstances; others are forbidden under normal circumstances but may be carried with specific approvals from the States concerned; some are restricted to carriage on all-cargo aircraft; most however, can be safely carried on passenger aircraft as well, provided certain requirements are met.

Functions and Services  

The Flight Operations Department provide dangerous goods technical expertise to the aviation industry and their key responsibilities include the regulatory oversight in terms of the orderly and safe transportation of dangerous goods by air and the regulatory oversight of the aviation industry to ensure the safe, secure and orderly transport of dangerous goods by air.

Dangerous Goods Training

The Zimbabwean Civil Aviation (Dangerous Goods) Regulations, SI 51 of 2018 requires the persons involved in commercial air transport operation (passengers, cargo or both) to receive initial and recurrent training within 24 months of the initial training in dangerous goods.

All training must be in accordance with the Regulations or the provisions as detailed in the ICAO Technical Instructions.

Dangerous Goods Training Organizations  

Only training organizations that are approved by the Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe may provide dangerous goods training in accordance with the national regulations.

Dangerous Goods Accident and Incident Reporting

The operator of an aircraft, cargo warehouse personnel, aerodrome manager, ramp and ground handlers involved in a dangerous goods accident or dangerous goods incident within the Republic of Zimbabwe, shall within 48 hours after such accident or incident has occurred, notify the Director General of such an occurrence.

The operator of a Zimbabwean aircraft involved in a dangerous goods accident or dangerous goods incident outside the Republic, must, as soon as practicable, notify the appropriate authority of the State in territory where the accident or incident has occurred and the Director General CAAZ, of such accident or incident.

Notification of Undeclared or Mis-declared Dangerous Goods

The operator of an aircraft in which dangerous goods are conveyed within the Republic of Zimbabwe or outside the Republic of Zimbabwe shall, within 48 hours after the discovery of any undeclared or mis-declared dangerous goods; or dangerous goods not permitted on board the aircraft or in the baggage of a passenger or flight crew member, notify the Director General or the appropriate authority thereof, as the case may be.

In order to prevent the occurrence of instances of undeclared and mis-declared dangerous goods in cargo each operator shall establish procedures for investigating and compiling information concerning such occurrences in the territory and which involve the transport of dangerous goods originating in, or destined for, another territory, and those procedures must be clearly stated in the Operations Manual (OM).

Dangerous Goods Enforcement

Where necessary, Dangerous Goods Inspectors may follow enforcement procedures with a view to enforcing compliance.

Granting of Exemptions and Approvals

The Director General may grant an exemption to enable the transport by air of dangerous goods which may not be permitted in normal circumstances or in conditions which are different to those prescribed in the regulations. Further guidance and appropriate application forms available on the CAAZ Flight Safety and Standards department.

Accident Investigation Forms