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Tyler Britton

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How to Monitor Aviation Safety Reporting Culture Using Safety Charts

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

Aviation Safety Chart Monitors Safety Goals and Objectives

Safety reporting metrics are among the best indicators to judge the performance of any aviation safety management system (SMS). This is such a very powerfully poignant statement. Let that sink in:

"Safety reporting metrics are among the best indicators to judge the performance of any aviation safety management system (SMS)."

When an inspector or an SMS consultant reviews your safety reporting numbers, they can draw some amazing inferences, including:

  • How effective are SMS' safety promotion efforts?
  • Is management participating& in the SMS?
  • Is the safety culture improving or simply stagnating?
  • Does upper management provide adequate oversight?
  • What are the chances of this operator suffering from "The Accident?"
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Topics: Risk Management Software

7 Great Incentives for Proactive Risk Management in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 2, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Incentives Are the Key to Proactive Risk Management

Incentive (or lack of) will make or break an aviation safety management system (SMS).

Without fail, aviation SMS that perform at a proactive risk management level have specific incentives that fit the needs of the organization.

Immature programs struggle to cultivate incentives for several reasons, including the fact that they are often unaware of how powerful incentives are in creating a performing SMS implementation.

I would go so far as to say that an aviation SMS is simply a collection of aligning and conflicting incentives being managed within formal risk management processes.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How to Define Severity and Likelihood Criteria on Your Risk Matrix

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 27, 2019 5:32:00 AM

What is a Risk Matrix Used For in Aviation Risk Management

The risk matrix is the standard risk assessment tool in aviation SMS and other risk management industries. It’s a standard tool because it’s simple and accomplishes all of the needs of a risk assessment, namely:

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How to Use Safety Charts to Focus Hazard Risk Management Efforts - Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 26, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Importance of Hazard Categories in Aviation SMS

Aviation safety charts gather and present aviation safety management system (SMS) information to stakeholders. Stakeholders use this visually-rich information to make informed, fact-based decisions about the SMS and organizational performance.

A popular idiom is "A picture can speak a thousand words." This saying implies that a picture, or chart in our case, can convey complex information more quickly and effectively than attempting to describe the chart's meaning in words.

If a chart can speak a thousand words, what will five or ten related charts on a page be able to convey? The hazard categories chart we discuss in this articles belongs to an SMS performance monitoring dashboard, and it speaks volumes when coupled with complementary charts! Management can quickly see which hazards affect operations and hopefully determine:

  • Where hazards affect operations?
  • How are hazards affecting operations in terms of operational areas and severity?
  • Why hazards affect operations?
  • When are particular hazards most common?
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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

How to Assign Duties and Responsibilities in Aviation Safety Management

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 25, 2019 6:11:00 AM

Purpose of Duties and Responsibilities in Aviation SMS

Duties and responsibilities in aviation SMS outline what each role will be accountable for and its core tasks. Each role will have unique tasks and accountabilities. You assign duties and responsibilities to an employee by assigning him/her a role. Duties and responsibilities allows your organization to:

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

How to Use Fishbone Diagrams in Aviation SMS - Walkthrough

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 24, 2019 5:57:00 AM

What is a Fishbone Diagram?

Fishbone diagrams are perhaps the best risk management tool in aviation safety management systems (SMS) for gaining a comprehensive understanding of root causes of safety incidents.

A fishbone diagram derives its name from its fishlike appearance, with a head several fins.

Each “fin” or “branch” of a fishbone diagram describes a different category of the situation, such as the categories “Human” or “Machine.” The head of the fishbone describes the risk.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

SMS Chart: Monitor Aviation SMS Safety Performance by Department

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 22, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Importance of SMS Performance Monitoring Dashboards

Aviation safety charts gather and present aviation safety management systems (SMS) information to stakeholders. Stakeholders can then use this information to make decisions and possibly change behaviors.

One of the most popular, time-efficient ways to monitor SMS performance is by using a safety performance dashboard that is tied directly into an SMS database. The SMS database allows management to participate in fact-based decision making processes in real time.

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Topics: Risk Management Software

5 Indicators of High Performing Aviation Safety Management Systems (SMS)

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 21, 2019 6:00:00 AM

What Are We Really Talking About?

In aviation safety management systems (SMS), the best indicator of a highly performant safety culture isn’t one that has reduced operational risk close to zero, but one that readily adapts to and absorbs safety issues and disturbances as they arise.

In so many words, high-performing aviation SMS are simply able to adjust to instability rather than resist or deflect them. In other words: goes with the flow without any setback.

Of course words like “stability,” “culture,” “adaptability,” “reliable,” are great for philosophical discussions but rather poor for trying to assess SMS performance and how they relate to real life.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How to Create SMS Org Chart in Aviation Safety Management

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 20, 2019 5:48:00 AM

What is an SMS Org Chart in Aviation Safety Management

An SMS org chart in aviation safety management outlines the chain-of-command in your SMS. Safety org charts are a visual reference tool that outlines the structure of your SMS. SMS org charts are important because:

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

How to Investigate Safety Issues

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 18, 2019 4:59:00 AM

Different Investigator Activities on Safety Issues

Managing safety issues in aviation SMS is largely about performing various investigatory activities in order to make good safety decisions. Investigatory activities are usually conducted by:

  • Safety managers;
  • Department heads;
  • Subject matter experts; and/or
  • Safety committees.
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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance, Quality-Safety Management

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