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43 Benefits of Aviation Safety Management Systems (Proven)

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 28, 2017 6:11:00 AM

Safety Benefits of Aviation Safety Management Systems

Benefits of aviation safety management systemsThe most obvious benefits of implementing an aviation safety management system are the marked improvements in safety. Just to give you an idea of exactly how successful aviation SMS programs have been, the only statistic you need to know is that 20 years ago there were four times as many workplace accidents as last year.

It’s difficult to get data on total workplace incidents, but I am sure that the statistic for workplace incidents last year vs. 20 years ago is even more dramatic. In terms of general safety benefits of implementing an aviation SMS program, here are the main advantages:

  1. Better safety culture
  2. Improved safety in operational environment
  3. Better compliance results
  4. Less accidents
  5. Less unacceptable safety incidents
  6. Better safety-decision making
  7. More safety data
  8. Improved safety documentation
  9. Better performance on inspections/audits (i.e., better interaction with oversight agencies)

Business Benefits of Aviation Safety Management Systems

Airlines and airports can literally live or die by their safety reputation. Alaska Airlines is a great example of (a primarily West Coast) airline in the United States that has become the outstanding choice for consumer to fly with largely because of safety and quality practices. They were successful enough to recently become the primary business holder in a merger with Virgin Airlines. Here are the major business benefits of adopting an aviation safety program.

  1. Better reputation among consumers and in media
  2. Higher sales volume
  3. More trust with investors
  4. Better stability
  5. Improved revenue stream and less overhead costs (see Financial Benefits section)
  6. Higher percentage of long-term employees results in better Norms
  7. Easier to implement any organizational changes
  8. Better long term decision making
  9. Better long term planning ability

Quality Management Benefits of Aviation Safety Management System

Quality management systems and safety management systems work extremely well together. When organizations adopt a quality-safety management system (QSMS) they see outstanding benefits in terms of overall organizational health and productivity. Here are ways that SMS compliments QMS:

  1. Ability to reach higher product standards
  2. Ability to produce higher product standards (i.e., customer service, amenities, etc.)
  3. More quality control (safety always bleeds into quality control)
  4. Easier to reach quality goals with quality safety performance
  5. Better resource management leads to higher quality QMS tools
  6. More comprehensive (well rounded) productivity
  7. Better ability to meet challenges (i.e., high volume traffic seasons)

Financial Benefits of Aviation Safety Management System

In terms of the bottom line, adopting SMS has huge financial incentives for businesses. For a fantastic study on exactly what kind of return on investment (ROI) for implementing an SMS a company might, click the link. Here are some of the major financial benefits of adopting a safety management system:

  1. Higher business reputation results in more business/better stock prices (net worth of airline can decrease by as much as 25% after an accident [1])
  2. Reduced cost of lost/damaged equipment
  3. Reduced medical costs
  4. Lower insurance premiums
  5. Reduced legal fees
  6. Reduced damage claims
  7. Reduced number of fines
  8. Reduced payroll costs (less lost time by employees)
  9. Reduced worker’s compensation (one company saw their workers comp fall 92% in the 12 years after they adopted SMS [1])

Employee Benefits of Aviation Safety Management System

The main benefit for employees in whose workplace has an SMS program is the marked improvement in work satisfaction and quality operational conditions - i.e., better aviation safety culture. We can break this down into the following benefits:

  1. Better health and safety in the workplace
  2. Better productivity for all operations
  3. Better teamwork practices and safety culture (see Teamwork Human Factor)
  4. Improved work quality conditions and worker satisfaction (i.e., resources, relationship with management, trust in job security, etc.)
  5. Less probability of accidents
  6. Reduced lost time due to workplace accidents
  7. Reduced employee turnover
  8. Reduced absenteeism (i.e., less aversion to working environment results in less missed time)
  9. More resources and guidance for behavior

For another list that may prove extremely helpful in aiding SMS implementation and performance, see our list of leading indicators:

Our list of 40 aviation SMS leading indicators is completely free!


[1] Aviation Safety Management Return on Investment Study

[2] Aviation Knowledge

Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation

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