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What is a Hazard in Safety Management Systems

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 30, 2017 5:12:00 AM

Why Definition of a Hazard Matters

Accuracy is extremely important.

Much of the bureaucracy of safety management systems depend on correct and specific understanding of safety concepts. 

Misunderstanding definitions in SMS is synonymous to misunderstanding what a safety element is, and can compromise how that safety element is:

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

How to Set Up and Monitor Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in Existing SMS Program

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 25, 2017 5:58:00 AM

Monitor KPIs in Existing SMS Programs

Setting up and monitoring key performance indicators (KPIs) in existing aviation SMS programs can be a daunting task for new safety managers or safety managers who are taking over an existing organization. Such safety managers have many questions like:

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Topics: Key Performance Indicators

Executive Manager Role in Safety Management Systems

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 23, 2017 5:47:00 AM

What is an Aviation Safety Management System

A safety management system is, at its core, a business approach to safety. This means that, with SMS programs, you manage safety with similar methods for other parts of operations like quality management. It is a systematic and proactive approach to managing risk that includes:

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management

Everything You Need to Know About Risk Analysis in Aviation SMS Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 18, 2017 6:15:00 AM

The Multiple Faces of What Risk Is

The concept of risk is something that tends to make safety professionals slightly indignant. The fact is that safety professionals can be more than a little possessive about their definitions, and how they conceive of particular safety elements.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Flight Risk Assessment Tool Good Aviation SMS Backbone?

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 16, 2017 6:00:00 AM

What is a Flight Risk Assessment Tool

A flight risk assessment tool, commonly known as FRAT, is a very important element of your SMS program.

Every flight has risks and hazards.

Using a FRAT tool helps airline SMS programs evaluate review and identify those risks. Based on this FRAT review process, safety programs can develop mitigation strategies.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

5 Best Practices for Data Management in Aviation SMS Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 11, 2017 6:08:00 AM

The Importance of Data in Aviation SMS Programs

High functioning safety management processes always have high quality data acquisition and management practices.

While the great majority of safety management system guidance is designed around the bureaucratic structure of your safety program, the basic fact is that aviation SMS programs depend as much (if not more) on bureacratic structure as on data management.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Database

Mastering Aviation SMS Safety Policy Compliance with Indicators

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 9, 2017 5:57:00 AM

Three Stages of Aviation SMS Compliance

There are three levels in the hierarchy of aviation SMS compliance, each with varying degrees of safety performance. Arriving at even the first marker of compliance can take years.

Aviation SMS safety policy will be the first area that organizations focus on for achieving compliance in phases I and II in aviation SMS implementation.

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

What Good Hazard Reporting Process Look Like in Real SMS Program

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 5, 2017 6:46:45 PM

What is the Hazard Reporting Process

Simply put, the hazard reporting process is the primary mode of data acquisition in aviation SMS programs. Being such, a poor hazard reporting can literally break your SMS program. If that sounds unrealistic, it’s not.

Without data:

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Topics: Aviation SMS Database

What Your Emergency Response Plan Should Include

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 4, 2017 6:11:00 AM

What is an Emergency Response Plan (ERP)

The actions employees take immediately in response to an emergency situation will greatly affect the outcome of the emergency. In such situations, employees’ actions may largely be the deciding factor between catastrophic consequences and a scary but benign outcome.

Consequences can be

  • financial,
  • environment,
  • material, or
  • personal (i.e.) loss of life.
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Topics: Quality-Safety Management

How to Classify Safety Issues in Aviation SMS Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 2, 2017 6:18:00 AM

What are Classifications in Aviation SMS Programs

Classifications are how you organize your safety concerns into qualitative groups. In this way, classifications “summarize” safety issues in multiple ways.

Over time, based on classifications, you can data-mine all safety issues to see what types of concerns are most and least problematic in your organization.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

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