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Acceptable Level of Safety (ALoS) in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 21, 2018 6:10:00 AM

Definition of Acceptable Level of Safety in Aviation SMS

Acceptable Level of Safety (ALoS) in Aviation SMS is how you define the maximum level of risk you are willing to accept as “reasonable.”

When I say "you," I'm actually referring to the person who has the authority to accept risk for a particular area of operations. This may include:

  • Accountable executive;
  • Department heads;
  • Safety officers; or 
  • Line managers.
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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

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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FAA Part 5 | Safety Policy Compliance

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 20, 2017 5:54:00 AM

Five Parts of FAA Part 5 Safety Policy Documentation Compliance

FAA Part 5 compliance for Safety Policy is largely the concern of new aviation SMS programs.

Safety Policy requirements are mainly fulfilled in the first phase of aviation SMS implementation. Fortunately, the FAA’s compliance guidelines on this SMS Pillar are very clear, and well outlined.

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How to Create Safety Objectives in Aviation SMS Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 18, 2017 6:19:00 AM

What are Safety Objectives in Aviation SMS Programs

Safety objectives in aviation SMS programs the markers your safety program uses to assess whether or not your safety goals are being achieved. Your safety objectives will be the basis for how you measure safety performance.

Creating safety objectives is one of the most important tasks for setting yourself up to make good safety decisions. Important elements to point out when discussing what safety objectives are in aviation SMS are:

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What are Safety Objectives in Aviation SMS Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Aug 28, 2017 5:23:00 AM

Why Safety Management Gets Safety Objectives Wrong

Somewhat surprisingly, safety objectives are often quite misunderstood. Experienced safety management may have a slightly misguided understanding of safety objectives.

New safety management will simply ask, what are safety objectives? Do you know how to properly describe safety objectives?

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4 Pieces of Safety Policy Your SMS Program Should Have

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 26, 2017 6:10:00 AM

Safety Policy Can Greatly Help Effective Safety Culture

Safety policy is a major asset for building an effective safety culture in aviation SMS programs. Safety policy should not be tucked away somewhere out of site, or just used to "check the box." Having the right kind of safety policy will influence each one of the four pillars to build safety culture:

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How to Identify Obstacles Blocking Your Aviation SMS Program?

Posted by Dr. Bob Baron on Mar 17, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Aviation Safety Managers Start With Something

When artists paint on a blank canvas, it gives them an opportunity to start with nothing and creatively turn it into something. This allows the artist to create a picture without having to change or modify a picture that already exists.

When implementing a Safety Management System (SMS), most Safety Managers do not have the luxury of starting with a blank canvas; instead, they must

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4 Pillars | Why Documentation in Aviation SMS Programs is so Important

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 3, 2017 6:39:00 AM

What is Documentation in Aviation SMS?

Aviation SMS programs need to be accounted for in 2 main ways. First, they need to be functioning, which means that SMS components are actively used by employees in the company. Second, the program’s behavior needs to be documented.

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

What Is Primary Motivation of Safety Management Systems in Aviation

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Dec 16, 2016 6:00:00 AM

 Safety Management Systems Drive Efficiency

I believe the primary motivation of safety management systems (SMS) in aviation is efficiency. Of course, safety and looking out for the health and well-being of others is incredibly important, that goes without saying, but there are more consequences to safety risks than simply injuries to consider.

There are accidents and mistakes that cost time and money rather than lives. Preventing those types of incidents are incredibly important to aviation as well.

Yet there is more to the rationale of imposing a new set of rules and regulations. From what I've heard, very few pilots or managers like the idea of being force to comply with safety management system regulatory requirements.

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4 Actions Needed for Management Commitment in Aviation SMS Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 17, 2016 6:02:00 AM

The Concept of Management Commitment in Aviation SMS Programs

Management’s commitment in aviation SMS programs is an extremely important part of the Four Pillar’s Policy element.

Without a doubt, your safety management system will fail without support from senior management.

Aviation safety culture starts with management commitment. The reasons management commitment is so critical for Safety Policy in the Four Pillars and aviation safety culture is:

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