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Cultivating Teamwork and Communication in Aviation SMS - with Free Resources

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 17, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Quality Leadership Stimulates Teamwork

A mature, effective aviation safety program will always incorporate imaginative ways to stimulate teamwork and good communication between employees.

It’s a tricky area though because teamwork and communication are beset by:

  • Poor interpersonal relationships;
  • Different teamwork needs;
  • Cultural differences; and
  • Separate problem-solving strategies

These challenges to harmonious work-relationships make the treatment of this subject more difficult. You will not find easy, cut and dry answers to address most teamwork and communication challenges.

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion, Safety Culture

How to Reduce Resistance to Aviation SMS With Difficult Employees

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 15, 2019 10:00:00 AM

It Only Takes One

You know the old expression: it only takes one to poison the well.

We end up writing a lot about resistance to change in aviation safety management systems (SMS) because it’s something many aviation safety managers consistently deal with.

Resistance to the SMS should never be taken lightly; however, dealing with resistance requires tact and ingenuity in order to avoid exacerbating the resistance.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

5 Habits of Highly Effective Aviation Safety Managers

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 11, 2019 7:11:44 PM

Creating a System of Organization

Even smaller aviation SMSs are still a leviathan of policies, procedures, documents, reports, and so on. A disorganized aviation safety manager will slowly kill an aviation SMS every time.

Symptoms will arise, such as:

  • Issue management will fall through the cracks
  • Corrective preventive actions will not be tracked properly
  • Safety audits will be late, messy and stressful, and fail
  • SMS implementation activities will always be behind schedule
  • Safety meetings will not be documented or scheduled properly
  • It will appear to the employees that the safety manager just doesn’t quite “have it together”
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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation

5 Indicators of Reactive or Proactive Safety Culture in Your Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 8, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Not So Obvious

The line between reactive and proactive safety workplaces is unfortunately not as concrete as anyone would like. If it were so obvious, many organizations would be far less reactive. The fact is that most cultures are less proactive than they would like to be.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

Real Difference between an Aviation Safety Audit vs. Inspection

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 5, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Interesting Discussion on Audits vs. Inspections

The another day I had a rather interesting discussion with a couple of seasoned aviation safety managers on the topic of aviation safety audits vs inspections.

It took a while to come to a consensus about the primary differences, as well as the ideological implications of each. The discussion got me thinking and I did some further research.

More than simply understanding the practical difference between the two, it's important to understand the ideological differences between safety audits and safety inspections as well.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

How to Practice Proactive Risk Management in Aviation Safety

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 3, 2019 2:01:09 PM

What Is Proactive Risk Management

Proactive risk management is often esteemed as the “best” type of risk management. This is because proactive risk management usually matures later in SMS implementation. Also, it involves identifying and stopping issues before they occur.

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management, 2-Safety Risk Management

Risk Mitigation Best Practices in Aviation Safety Management

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 3, 2019 12:29:34 PM

What Are Best Practices for Risk Mitigation in Aviation Safety Management

The term risk mitigation, broadly speaking, means to try and prevent danger. You might think of it as “reducing exposure.” In general, there are four best practices employed in aviation SMS to mitigate risk, and they include:

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance, 2-Safety Risk Management

How to Monitor Safety Concerns in Real Time in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 3, 2019 6:05:00 AM

Why This Aviation Safety Chart Is Important

Having "real time" safety charts saves aviation safety managers, executives, and employees a lot of work and keeps them informed of the latest hazard and risks affecting aviation-centric operations.

Having access to real-time safety charts allows management to monitor your SMS program at a glance, rather than having to navigate through your software or aviation safety database to find desired information. Over longer periods of time, this saved time and energy adds up to substantial sums, especially when you consider:

  • Potential losses avoided;
  • Time generating reports;
  • Time validating report information; and 
  • Time spent communicating information to stakeholders.
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Topics: Risk Management Software

Best Low Cost Risk Management Tools to Use in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 2, 2019 8:14:00 PM

What Are Risk Management Tools

Risk management tools in aviation SMS is simply a vague term that refers to resources that can help you manage risk. Often, the most beneficial resources tend to be the simple, inexpensive, and helpful for both providing guidance and helping you organize your time.

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management, 2-Safety Risk Management

3 Things Proactive Aviation Safety Managers Never Do

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 2, 2019 5:50:06 PM

Healthy for the Program, Healthy for the SMS Manager

Proactive aviation risk management is an organizational wide effort towards identifying risk and mitigating hazards before an incident occurs.

For an aviation safety program to get to a point of proactive aviation safety – and as you probably know from personal experience – aviation safety managers:

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

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