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Tyler Britton

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5 Things Spreadsheets Can't do For Your SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 23, 2018 4:59:00 AM

Better Alternatives to Spreadsheet-Based SMS

Spreadsheet-based safety programs are incredibly common. Many of you reading this use spreadsheets to manage your SMS.

Spreadsheets are a legacy of a time after the advent of computers, where Excel offered a major improvement over paper-based SMS, but before the days of aviation safety software.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Database

How Safety Management and Quality Assurance Work in Management Systems

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 18, 2018 5:28:00 AM

What is a Management System

This article is originally inspired by a rather insightful video discussing the interplay between safety management and quality assurance.

A management system is a set of processes used to manage “findings” during operations.

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management

Top Factors That Influence Risk Tolerance

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 16, 2018 5:02:00 AM

What is Risk Tolerance

Risk tolerance is simply how much risk you are willing to accept in a given activity, task, situation, etc.

High risk tolerance is not good.

Low risk tolerance is good, as it means that people will only allow a limited amount of risky behavior. No more risk should be tolerated than necessary for completing a task.

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Topics: Safety Culture

20 Indicators What Good Aviation Safety Culture Looks Like [With Free Checklist]

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 11, 2018 4:17:00 AM

Defining Good Safety Culture in Aviation SMS

Safety culture will be the last thing to develop in your SMS.

Once you fully implement your SMS design (Phase 3 of SMS implementation), you will need to monitor your SMS to ensure it is functioning as designed. Aviation safety programs with good safety cultures usually operate as designed.  

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Topics: Safety Culture

When Your SMS Becomes Too Much to Handle

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 9, 2018 4:38:00 AM

What is Too Much to Handle

We talk with aviation safety professionals and business executives every day about their struggles with implementing and managing an SMS.

Inevitably, all aviation safety programs will reach a point of growth where it is getting too much to handle.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation

How to Change Toxic Safety Cultures in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 4, 2018 4:01:00 AM

What is Safety Culture in Aviation SMS

Aviation safety cultures are the attitudes, behaviors, and actions that drive safety performance in your SMS.

Safety culture  includes how management supports safety, and what front line employees do when no one is watching.

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Topics: Safety Culture

How to Practice Due Diligence in Aviation Safety

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 2, 2018 4:15:00 AM

What Does it Mean to Practice Due Diligence

There are two general aspects of safety management systems that encompass due diligence of the entire SMS: SMS design and actual safety operations.

Practicing due diligence means ensuring that the design closely matches reality.

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management

How to Tell if Your Risk Management Tools Are Good

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jun 27, 2018 4:38:00 AM

Purpose of Aviation Risk Management Tools

Aviation risk management tools are designed to help you manage exposure in your SMS. Managing exposure involves a lot more than just risk analysis.

To properly keep exposure within an Acceptable Level of Safety, you need risk management tools that address all areas of the SMS 4 Pillars.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Database

How to Be a Better Aviation Safety Manager

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jun 25, 2018 5:50:00 AM

Optimize Ability to Monitor, Manage, and Document

Becoming a better safety manager involves looking at how you are currently managing your SMS, and seeing where you can optimize your ability to:

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Steps to Create an Emergency Response Plan in Aviation SMS [With Free Checklists]

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jun 20, 2018 4:00:00 AM

What Is an Emergency Response Plan

An emergency response plan is a manual that companies use to address many different types of emergency situations.

The manuals include:

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

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