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Tyler Britton

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40 Questions for Your Safety Assurance Process in Aviation SMS [With Free Checklists]

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 19, 2018 5:40:00 AM

What is Safety Assurance Process in Aviation SMS

Safety Assurance in aviation SMS is a process that helps you ensure that your SMS is functioning as designed. Safety Assurance is most closely associated with Phase 4 of SMS implementation. Implementing Phase 4 largely involves implementing the mans to:

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

Indicators of Good Hazard Reporting Culture

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 14, 2018 4:03:00 AM

What Aviation SMS Needs for Successful Hazard Reporting

Aviation SMS needs input from three levels of your organization to be successful. Without total involvement of your company, hazard reporting will fail.

The three levels of your company and their corresponding responsibility for setting up a successful hazard reporting program are:

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Topics: Safety Culture, 4-Safety Promotion

Breaking Down Aviation Safety Management System Parts

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 12, 2018 5:15:00 AM

What is a Management System

The idea of a safety management system (SMS) is something those of us in the aviation risk management industry use as if an SMS were one solid “thing.” But a safety management system is actually made up of multiple ideas, packages into a single, functioning effort for better aviation safety.

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management, 1-Safety Policy

Important Ways to Formally Document Aviation Safety Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 7, 2018 5:22:00 AM

What is Formally Documenting in Aviation SMS

Formally documenting your SMS means creating an “official” record of your SMS. Official records are simply aspects of your SMS that you document and save to use later, such as during review or provide to an auditor. Aspects of your SMS that you formally document will fall into two categories:

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

How to Show Effectiveness of Your Aviation Safety Management System

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 5, 2018 6:05:00 AM

Who Are You Showing Effectiveness of SMS To

Proving the effectiveness of your aviation safety management system comes in several flavors. Who are you proving the effectiveness to? You might be showing your SMS effectiveness at managing safety to:

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management, 3-Safety Assurance

20 Questions For Your Safety Risk Management Process in Aviation SMS [With Free Checklists]

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 31, 2018 4:54:00 AM

What is Safety Risk Management Process

The Safety Risk Management process (SRM) is where you outline and document your entire operational risk profile. Completing your SRM process is a major part of Phase 3 of SMS implementation.

Once you complete initial documentation of your SRM process, you will need to continuously update it as new “inputs” are identified or implemented in your SMS, such as:

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How Employees Should Be Participating in Your SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 29, 2018 4:39:00 AM

What is Participation in Your SMS

Employee participation in your aviation SMS is critical to its maintainability. We this over and over, where the SMS is being pushed by one person and when that person leaves the program falls apart.

One of the primary goals of generating good involvement is creating a sustainable SMS.

Participation is a word that is often lost on service providers.

  • What does it mean?
  • What does it look like?
  • How do I know if my SMS has it?
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Topics: Safety Culture

How to Create Your Risk Matrix for Risk Assessments in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 24, 2018 5:54:00 AM

What is a Risk Matrix

A risk matrix is a tool you will use to assess safety concerns. The matrix allows you to rank risk and provide visual cues on safety acceptability.

The risk matrix is a standard tool for assessing safety issues in aviation SMS and is recommended by ICAO and other regulatory authorities for assessing issues.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation

How to Be Compliant with ICAO Hazard Identification

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 22, 2018 5:40:00 AM

What are ICAO Hazard Identification Compliance Requirements

ICAO’s hazard identification compliance requirements are twofold:

  • (2.1.1) Develop formal process for hazard identification; and
  • (2.1.2) Use reactive, proactive, and predictive to identify hazards.
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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

Checklist to Quantify Resistance to Your Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 17, 2018 4:45:00 AM

How to Quantify Resistance to Your SMS Using This Article

Grab a spare pen and paper so you can write down some notes. What we are looking for is a total score. It works like this:

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Topics: Safety Culture

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