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The Truth About What Predictive Risk Management Is

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 23, 2017 6:06:00 AM

What is Predictive Risk Management?

It’s important for aviation SMS programs to be clear about the different types of risk management activities, and use them accordingly.

Predictive risk management is the process of performing risk management activities on potential/hypothetical hazards, risk events, and/or consequences.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Hazard Identification Compliance Requirement in FAA’s SRM Process– What You Need to Know

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 22, 2017 5:46:00 AM

FAA’s Safety Risk Management (SRM) Process and Hazard Identification Element

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) SRM compliance requirement for hazard identification controls every U.S. operator's aviation SMS program’s safety culture and risk management program.

The FAA’s SRM process gets a lot of attention – and for good reason.

Despite the fact that the FAA was a little late in adopting and enforcing ICAO's SMS regulatory requirements, oversight agencies from many countries around the world look to the FAA for guidance.

In your risk management program, your Safety Risk Management process will revolve around your operational risk profile.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management, FAA Compliance

How to Conduct Root Cause Analysis in SMS Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 21, 2017 6:02:00 AM

Purpose of Root Cause Analysis

Aviation safety managers have usually have different opinions about exactly what root cause analysis is. Root cause analysis for one safety manager is not root cause analysis for another. This is because there is no standard definition for what root cause analysis is. Even  oversight agencies like the FAA or ICAO shy away from providing much guidance on what root cause analysis is or how to conduct it.

The lack of definition is not necessarily a bad thing. What’s important is to understand the goals and purpose of root cause analysis:

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

4 Pillars | The Truth About SMS Continuous Improvement and KPIs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 20, 2017 5:49:00 AM

What REALLY is Continuous Improvement in SMS Programs?

SMS continuous improvement is one of the three primary elements of the Safety Assurance component of the 4 Pillars of SMS, according to ICAO Doc 9859.

Continuous improvement’s goal is the constant progression of safety performance in a positive direction.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

Is Root Cause Analysis Proactive or Reactive?

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 16, 2017 5:45:00 AM

What is Root Cause Analysis

If you put 10 safety managers in a room and asked them what root cause analysis was, they would have a different answers.

Safety professionals all say that they perform root cause analysis. In their own minds, that’s probably true.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Picking Apart FAA’s SRM System Description Requirement – Are You Compliant?

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 15, 2017 5:48:00 AM

FAA’s Safety Risk Management (SRM) Process and System Description Element

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) safety risk management (SRM) compliance requirement for System Description has one clear goal: establish the components of your operating environment’s systems, processes, procedures, and important safety elements.

Despite the fact that the goal is clear, system description is too often skimmed over in aviation SMS programs. This is a mistake.

Why is this element of SRM often skimmed over?

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management, FAA Compliance

How to Prepare Data for Trend Analysis in Risk Management Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 14, 2017 6:08:00 AM

What is Trend Analysis in Risk Management?

It is a common misnomer that trend analysis in risk management is used to forecast future performance. This understanding of trend analysis is both reductive and distorts the purpose of trend analysis in aviation SMS programs.

In aviation safety management systems, the one, thematic question that we need to ask over and over is:

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

What is a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) in Aviation SMS?

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 13, 2017 6:00:00 AM

What is a Key Performance Indicator?

Answering the question, what is a key performance indicator, is not exactly as straightforward as it may seem.

This is because key performance indicators, known commonly as KPIs, have multiple uses in aviation SMS programs.

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Topics: Key Performance Indicators

4 Pillars | What is Safety Risk Management

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 10, 2017 6:05:00 AM

Safety Risk Management Process

If there’s one takeaway for new professionals in aviation safety management, it’s that aviation risk management is a process. It is not a single, solid “thing.”

This process cyclical, and can be identified by several stages that form a systematic approach to safety risk management:

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

4 Things to Understand about QMS and SMS in Aviation Risk Management

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 9, 2017 5:56:00 AM

Making Decisions about QMS and SMS in Aviation Risk Management

Recently, there has been a significant rise in the interest of quality management systems (QMS) and safety management systems (SMS) in the aviation industry. This is probably because many aviation service providers have already begun or have well developed SMS implementation.

At a certain point, continuous improvement will either plateau or safety operations will conflict with quality operations.

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management

 

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