1.3. Organizational integration and policies

When drone operations are not coordinated at all or handled by different departments/functions at each group company it is difficult to get a group-wide overview of the current status (required for risk assessment) and also difficult to communicate drone operation related instructions, policies or standards.

While such coordination might not be required by local drone laws, it does fall under the overall responsibility of senior management to ensure that the company manages drone operations in the best interest of the company’s stakeholders.

Company policies can help to define hierarchical levels and the roles and responsibilities of each level. This in turn helps to ensure that certain minimum standards are met across the entire organization.

Risks

  1. Drone operations at some locations operate below acceptable standards which leads to avoidable accidents.
  2. Reputational damage and personal legal liabilities of managers at various organizational levels.
  3. Loss of synergies.

Audit Steps

  1. Obtain corporate level policies and guidelines and assess the maturity status of existing regulations.
  2. Validate the existence of company-wide responsibilities for drones and drone operations.
  3. Discuss company policy regarding drones with key persons.
  4. Review existing regulations for guidance as to who can and cannot pilot drones and the relevant authorization processes.
  5. Review existing regulations for guidance as to who can authorize drone missions or mission types.
  6. Assess approval and authorization processes in place for the use of 3rd party drone service providers.

 

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