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Career Advice for Aspiring Safety Managers

Posted by Dr. Bob Baron on Feb 24, 2017 6:03:00 AM

Frequent Requests For Safety Manager Advice

We often receive questions from aviation professionals who are interested in pursuing a career as a Safety Manager.

This article should help to answer some of the most common questions.

High-quality career advice from practicing safety professionals can help you:

  • Make better decisions;
  • Advance your career; and
  • Motivate you when things seem hopeless.
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Topics: Risk Management Training

How to Perform Risk Assessments without Aviation Risk Management Software

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 23, 2017 6:08:00 AM

What is Risk Assessment?

Airport SMS programs and Airline SMS programs must create and maintain a formal process of risk analysis and risk assessment in order to keep safety performance at an acceptable level of safety (ALoS). This process is “formal” in the sense that this process needs to be documented and reviewed.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Safety Management Systems - Aviation SMS For Small Operators - It's Coming

Posted by Christopher Howell on Feb 22, 2017 6:07:00 AM

SMS Trend Developing Aimed at Smaller Operations

Some countries (Australia and soon Canada) now require even the smaller aviation service providers to participate in safety management system (SMS) activities. This creates multiple challenges for these non-complex operators.

For starters, there is high resistance to change in the cultures of these non-complex operations, most of which never experienced severe losses, such as fatalities or complete loss of aircraft. By their very nature, when a smaller operation suffers a severe accident or incident, it typically obliterates the service provider's business.

Very small aviation service providers need basic, simple to use SMS tools and most of today's popular aviation SMS database solutions have become too complex and feature-rich for these smaller operations.

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Topics: Risk Management Software

7 Best Aviation Lagging Indicators

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 21, 2017 6:08:00 AM

What are Lagging Indicators?

Lagging indicators are an extremely important element of system monitoring in aviation SMS programs. Lagging indicators show the historical performance of your SMS program. They answer 3 essential questions about safety in your risk management program:

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Topics: Key Performance Indicators

How to Choose KPIs in Aviation SMS Programs [6 Steps]

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 20, 2017 6:09:00 AM

Why KPIs are Different in Aviation Risk Management

Key performance indicators (KPIs) in aviation risk management are different than KPIs from most other industries. The difference both benefit and hurt safety management’s ability to choose the right KPIs for their organization. The important differences between aviation ems KPIs and other industries are that:

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Topics: Key Performance Indicators

3 Reasons Why Aviation Safety Culture Leads Directly To Safety Performance

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 17, 2017 6:06:00 AM

What is Aviation Safety Culture

By definition, aviation safety culture is an organization’s commitment to safety. I tend to find this definition limiting. A better way to understand safety culture is the means of realizing safety success, in which commitment is just one part.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

3 Ways for Dealing with Fatigue Risk Management

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 16, 2017 5:56:00 AM

How to Understand Fatigue in Aviation SMS

Fatigue is a top safety priority. Even moderate levels of fatigue can cause employees to demonstrate the same mental and physical capabilities as an intoxicated person. Fatigue is such a high priority that there are even subsystems dedicated to fatigue – Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRM). Dealing with FRM correctly involves proper understanding of what fatigue is.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How to Use Shortfall Analysis to Identify SMS Program Failures

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 15, 2017 6:07:00 AM

What is SMS Shortfall Analysis?

Despite the fact that many risk management tools provide great insights into how and why safety incidents occur; there have been no dedicated tools for answering the following question:

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

3 Myths About Aviation Risk Management Programs During SMS Implementation

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 14, 2017 5:58:00 AM

 Be Aware of Your Aviation Risk Management Myths

Awareness is a great weapon for overcoming problems aviation risk management programs. When aviation safety managers try and implement a safety program while at the same time clinging to myths:

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

4 Pillars | What Safety Assurance Really Means in Aviation SMS Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 13, 2017 5:59:00 AM

Definition of Aviation SMS Safety Assurance

Safety assurance is the 3rd component in the aviation SMS 4 pillars. Long story short, safety assurance is defined by monitoring the safety management system. Such monitoring comes in many important forms, some of which are rather obvious and some of which are often overlooked.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance, Quality-Safety Management


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