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How Safety Managers Hurt Safety Reporting Performance - Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Feb 9, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Poor Safety Reporting Cultures Invite Opportunities for Loss

Safety reports from aviation service providers' employees are important resources for the detection and prevention of potential safety hazards. One of the biggest challenges for aviation safety managers is to obtain safety reports from employees.

Obstacles that contribute to this challenge are common:

  • Difficult reporting processes;
  • No hazard identification training;
  • Lack of recurring encouragement;
  • Inconsistent educational messages;
  • Supervisors discouraging hazard reporting;
  • Fear of reprisal;
  • Fear of drawing attention to their area of operations;
  • Apathy or distrust of management; and
  • Management neglecting the feedback loop.
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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Writing Awesome Aviation Safety Policy Statements - With Downloads

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

Safety Policy Is the Architecture of Aviation SMS

Aviation safety management systems (SMS) are supported by the safety policy which is endorsed by the organization's accountable executive. The safety policy communicates management's commitment to the SMS while also affording employees protection from self-reporting errors or mistakes.

Aviation SMS' safety policy statements are the framework around employees'

  • roles,
  • obligations, and
  • guidance in all safety-related circumstances.
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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

How to Use Exposure in Aviation Risk Management Processes

Posted by Christopher Howell on Feb 7, 2019 10:00:00 AM

How Well Do You Understand Risk Management in Your SMS?

Aviation safety managers are tasked with managing all aspects of fully implemented aviation safety management systems (SMS). Naturally, most laypersons imagine safety managers reacting to accidents, incidents, and irregularities (issues or events) as their primary job function.

It is also probable that most managers outside the safety department believe safety managers have nothing better to do than sit around waiting for "safety issues" to surface.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Privacy, Transparency, and Confidentiality in Aviation Safety Management

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 6, 2019 5:24:00 AM

What are Responsibility, Confidentiality, and Privacy in Aviation Safety Management

In aviation safety management, responsibility, confidentiality, and privacy are the triad that affect how you handle reported safety information. Whether your organization is large or small, your leadership team needs to discuss these factors and decide how to handle them.

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management, 4-Safety Promotion

How Does Aviation Safety Software Improve Safety? - Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 5, 2019 2:37:58 PM

Aviation Safety Software Prioritizes Safety

Most of us have experienced the following: sitting on the runway for over an hour wondering why the plane isn’t moving. The pilot has already apologized and given the “reason” for the delay: the daunting and nebulous “technical difficulties.”

For passengers, this type of situation is frustrating at best, and at worst unnerving, even scary.

Yet even when sitting on the tarmac, frustrated and confused, passengers should take comfort in the fact that the aviation industry takes countless precautions to keep passengers safe.

The fact is that above all else, our top priority is safety and safety managers have an excellent opportunity to not only contribute to safety, and SMS requirements, but also to the financial bottom line.

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Topics: Risk Management Software

4 Things Safety Managers Do to Perform Well on Aviation Safety Audits

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 4, 2019 8:31:48 PM

Aviation Safety Audits: Here to Stay

Another aviation safety audit for your SMS program...

The safety auditors are coming with established guidelines from:

At this point, many aviation safety managers' collars start to feel a little tight around the neck. The first thing is: relax.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

Defining Safety Posture in Your Aviation Safety Management System

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 4, 2019 5:09:00 AM

What is Safety Posture in Aviation SMS

Aviation service providers should be aware what is level of risk is and isn’t acceptable. In other words, when you perform a risk assessment on a safety concern, what amount of risk requires mitigating actions, and what amount of risk required no actions? What amount of risk is acceptable.

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

Best Practices for Safety Accountabilities in Aviation SMS - with Resources

Posted by Christopher Howell on Feb 3, 2019 5:13:00 AM

What Are the Best Practices for Establishing Safety Accountabilities?

One of the first steps in implementing an aviation safety management system (SMS) is to complete the documentation elements in the Safety Policy and Objectives component of an ICAO compliant SMS.

Please note that I said "one of the first steps." Before tackling these documentation elements, we recommend that you first:

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

How to Measure Safety Performance in Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Feb 1, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Why Do We Measure Aviation Safety Performance?

Aviation safety managers are tasked with a Safety Assurance (SA) element labeled "Continuous Improvement." Not many aviation safety management systems (SMS) training courses go into much detail about "Continuous Improvement" which leaves many safety managers confusedly scratching their heads.

Safety Assurance is the third ICAO component or pillar of an ICAO compliant SMS framework. Annex 19 - Safety Management and the four components are described in detail in ICAO's Document 9859.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

Five Elements of ICAO's Safety Policy and Objectives in SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jan 31, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Why Review Safety Policy & Objectives in Aviation SMS Programs?

Aviation safety managers share many common traits, including:

  • detail oriented;
  • hard driven;
  • professional;
  • self-starters (high initiative); and
  • good communicators.

Safety managers are results driven.

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

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