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5 Questions to Help You Make Good Risk Management Decisions

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 24, 2017 5:59:00 AM

What Risk Management Decisions Are

Risk management decision making will dictate the success of your safety management system. Period.

Every change, no matter how small, arises from a risk management decision. Decision making in risk management programs can be a formal, documentable process. It can also be an informal, “everyday” kind of decision. Some prime examples of risk management decisions are:

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

How to Implement a Sustainable SMS Program (With Free Resources)

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 19, 2017 6:10:00 AM

Characteristics of a Sustainable SMS Program

Sustainability is a modern buzz word, and aviation safety management systems are no exception. Sustainable SMS programs are those that survive upper management changes, safety manager changes, and high volume of employee turnover.

The question every safety manager and/or upper manager needs to ask is, does my SMS program achieve these sustainable goals?

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation

Relationship Between Management of Change, SA Process, and SRM Process

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 17, 2017 5:45:00 AM

What Change Management is in Safety Management Systems

Change management in safety management systems is an extremely important topic. Not just for safety performance, but also for showing auditors.

You can bet that poorly managed or documented change will result in an audit finding. The reason is that change management:

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How to Satisfy FAA’s SRM Risk Control Component

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 12, 2017 5:47:00 AM

FAA’s SRM Risk Control Component – Defining Risk

The FAA’s SRM Risk Control component is the 5th and final element in the Safety Risk Management process.

The Risk Control component is the phase in which you will bring hazards and hazards’ risks into an acceptable level of safety.

Creating effective risk controls is essential – messing up here means you wasted the analysis and assessment efforts done in previous phases.

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Topics: FAA Compliance

Why Initial SMS Training is So Crucial for Risk Management Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 10, 2017 5:53:00 AM

What Initial SMS Training Is, and How It’s Different

A common question aviation service providers hear from auditors is whether employees have been trained in the company’s SMS program.

SMS training usually is and should be an initial training requirement. What this means is that when employees begin working at your company, the first contact they have with safety is to be trained on:

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Topics: Risk Management Training

FAA’s SRM Risk Assessment Element – Do it the Right Way

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 5, 2017 5:47:00 AM

FAA’s SRM Risk Assessment Element

The FAA’s SRM Risk Assessment element is the 4th component in the Safety Risk Management Process. This process is outlined in the Advisory Circular and is based on the 4 Pillars of SMS.

The FAA's SRM Risk Assessment will naturally result from the SRM Risk Analysis component. Once a thorough risk analysis has been performed, responsible managers should have a good idea of the chances of a risk occurring, as well as potential damages/injuries.

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Topics: Risk Management Software, FAA Compliance

Best Ways to Automate Aviation Safety Training for Initial/Recurrent Requirements (Free Resources)

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 3, 2017 6:03:00 AM

Benefits of Automated Safety Training for Initial and Recurrent Training Requirements

Aviation safety training can be a logistical and financial nightmare. This is especially true in larger companies or in organizations where financial/human resources are stretched thin.

Training not only costs money, but it also does so at the expense of workers’ duties because they will have to miss work in order to complete training.

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Topics: Risk Management Training

Best Ways to Motivate Employees to Follow SMS Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 31, 2017 6:05:00 AM

Employee Resistance in aviation SMS Programs

Without question, employee resistance in aviation SMS programs the biggest roadblock to successful SMS implementation. Employee resistance doesn't simply mean "front line employees," but rather all employees. This includes upper management (executives) and middle management (department heads) resistance .

Resistance can be a frustrating nuisance or a crippling plague for companies. Either way, aviation safety managers are constantly asking, "How do I get employees on board with the safety program?" In theory, the problem of motivating employees to follow your SMS program is quite simple:

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

Why Employees Shouldn’t See All Reported Safety Issues in SMS Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 30, 2017 6:05:00 AM

What is Safety Transparency in Safety Management Systems

Safety transparency is a bid deal in aviation SMS programs.

One of the most frequent questions we receive is "how a program should set up roles, responsibilities, and access to safety data?"

Transparency is how you define access to such data based on employee-roles in your safety program.

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

How to Fulfill FAA’s SRM Risk Analysis Compliance Requirement

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 29, 2017 5:48:00 AM

FAA’s Safety Risk Management (SRM) Process for Risk Analysis

Thankfully, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) SRM compliance requirement for Risk Analysis is fairly clear.

The "Risk Analysis" component description in the Advisory Circular provides most of the information you need to fulfill the requirement.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management, FAA Compliance


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