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Mario Pierobon

Mario Pierobon is a safety management consultant and content producer. He is currently working on a research project investigating aircraft ground handling safety. You may reach him at
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Overcoming Department Heads Absence in Aviation SMS

Posted by Mario Pierobon on May 6, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Management Distancing Themselves from Aviation SMS

A common misperception in the aviation industry regarding safety management is that it is primarily a responsibility of the safety manager to work on all safety related matters.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

Impact of Technology on Aviation Safety

Posted by Mario Pierobon on Oct 26, 2018 5:28:00 AM

Pros and Cons of Technology in Aviation

Technology for a lot of organizations is a key asset, as it is seen as an advantage in the competitive environment; however, from a safety point of view technology is not only an advantage, it also bears possible negative aspects.

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Topics: Human Factors

Training Management in Aviation SMS

Posted by Mario Pierobon on Oct 19, 2018 6:17:00 AM

Management’s Role in SMS

Managers must take an active role in SMS to consistently improve their knowledge and experience of operations.

I believe managers need to be trained in SMS to ensure their effective participation and contribution to the SMS.

Well-constructed and well-delivered SMS training can make a huge difference in increasing managers’ understanding of the SMS and awareness of safety.

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Topics: Risk Management Training

What Is Change Management in Your Aviation SMS?

Posted by Mario Pierobon on Oct 5, 2018 5:25:00 AM

What Is Change Management?

In the aviation industry, it’s important to manage change effectively. Change can be organizational, procedural, or technological.

Change occurs any time an established practice is altered.

Change can seem small, like changing suppliers. Or it could be a large change, like adding a new type of airplane to your feet.

When you plan for changes before they happen, you can take measures to proactively manage risk as well. Managing risk is a fundamental part of managing change.

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management

What Is Safety Culture in Your Aviation SMS?

Posted by Mario Pierobon on Sep 28, 2018 4:46:00 AM

What Is Safety Culture?

Safety culture is a set of values that a company has in relation to safety and is one of the main characteristics that distinguish one company from other companies.

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Topics: Safety Culture

How to Manage a Multicultural Aviation Workforce

Posted by Mario Pierobon on Aug 30, 2018 5:25:00 AM

Multiculturalism in Aviation

In the old days of national airline carriers the crews almost invariably shared the same nationality. Indeed, a common national identity of the workforce was a trademark of these carriers.

Now, with the liberalization of air transport occurring in many parts of the world, workforces have become increasingly multicultural. Examples of this trend can be seen around the world.

A multicultural workforce has several benefits. For example, you can cater to your passengers in their own native language. Also, problem solving is improved by inviting different cultural perspectives; however, multiculturalism can lead to misunderstandings.

How can operators engineer an organizational set-up so that national culture differences do not lead to ‘fatal’ misunderstandings?

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Topics: Safety Culture

How to Implement SMS in Small Organizations

Posted by Mario Pierobon on Aug 23, 2018 5:12:00 AM

Customizing Your SMS Implementation Plan

Aviation companies of all shapes and sizes can benefit from a safety management system or SMS, but when faced with implementing one, small organizations can easily find themselves overwhelmed by the requirements.

In its Safety Management Manual (SMM) the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) proposes a phased approach to SMS implementation. While this approach may work well for large organizations, it doesn't seem to have been developed with small aviation companies in mind.

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

What Are Performance Based Aviation Safety Management Systems?

Posted by Mario Pierobon on Jul 19, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Safety Management Systems Originated Long Ago

The earliest piece of SMS legislation in recorded history is probably the Hammurabi code, a Babylonian law code of ancient Mesopotamia which dates back to 1754 BC.

It was Babylonian king Hammurabi who enacted the code, which consists of 282 laws with scaled punishments in accordance with the ‘an eye for an eye’ adage. The latter is probably the most famous part of the Hammurabi code which is still renowned today.

The Hammurabi code regulated several different contractual matters, but the reason why we can classify it as the earliest piece of SMS legislation in recorded history is because some its provisions setting the terms of transactions:

  • Establish the liability of a builder for a house that collapses.

This may be considered a primitive form of legislation, of course, but nevertheless focussing on safety.

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

What Are Static & Dynamic Components of Aviation Safety Auditing?

Posted by Mario Pierobon on May 13, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Aviation Safety Auditing for SMS Programs

Auditing is a management practice that is very common in most industrial domains and for a variety of different purposes.

Administrative personnel, for example, are very familiar with financial auditing.

Professionals working under a quality management system certification are familiar with quality auditing.

Lawyers and other professionals dealing with regulatory compliance undergo audits focusing on compliance.

Modern aviation safety programs also require auditing and this tutorial explains the origins of safety auditing and it aims to supply some guidelines on how to implement a solid safety auditing practice in the context of an aviation safety management system (SMS).

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

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