LAHORE - PIA spokesman has said that in a short span of two-and-a-half years the airline has now been well acknowledged for its safety standards and has also been certified by competent external safety auditors and agencies. In a press release issued here on Friday, the spokesman said that Ata Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registration in 2008 is recognition that airlines operations are absolutely safe. The airlines commitment to safety helped in implementing occupational health safety and an international certification of OSHAS - 18001. This certification perhaps been done for PIA on achieving safety in all operational areas compared to other Asian airlines. The formation of PIA Safety Action Group which monitors operational safety hazards and carries out risk assessments of airlines operational activities is functioning as a watchdog to ensure safe operations of PIA flights with a practice approach. This has now been documented as an implemented Safety Management System (SMS) approved by the CAA Pakistan and audited by IOSa. The airline has a CAA certified training programme and instructors to impart Safety Management System (SMS) implementation training to the aviation industry in Pakistan. The airline has also indigenously developed software to address risk management and comply with national and international requirements in the field.