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Best Practices: Reviewing Aviation SMS Manuals

Posted by Nichole Kruger on Oct 16, 2018 5:58:00 AM

When Should I Review Our SMS Manual?

It's very important to review SMS Manuals.

The most common audit finding is that the operator is not conducting operations as stated in their SMS manual.

Furthermore, your manual is only as useful as the information it contains. If the information is out of date, employees will lose trust in it. This undermines the safety culture you've worked to build.

Review your manual at regular intervals. Annual reviews are best practice, but some operators go as long as 3 years between reviews.

Outside of regular reviews, you should also review your manual when:

  • regulations change;
  • your operational processes change; or
  • there is an incident

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How to Effectively Pitch Aviation SMS to Management - Beginners SMS Series

Posted by Nichole Kruger on Oct 9, 2018 4:16:00 AM

4 Tips to Sell SMS to Top Management

ICAO and civil aviation authorities require SMS for many organizations. Even so, it's important to have buy-in from top management to make your SMS effective.

Lack of top management support remains among the top reasons an aviation SMS may fail.

Here are four, common-sense tips to help you earn top management support.

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How to Promote Your Aviation SMS Safety Policy

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 1, 2018 5:22:00 AM

What is Aviation Safety Policy

An aviation Safety Policy is a document in safety management systems that outlines the core, important safety information that underlies your SMS.

This required document should outline your organization’s;

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3 Best Practices for Your Aviation SMS Manual

Posted by Nichole Kruger on Sep 27, 2018 4:26:00 AM

The Importance of an Aviation SMS Manual

ICAO requires an SMS manual for many aviation organizations required to abide by their SMS mandate. It is very tempting to gloss over your manual...to get it out of the way and never look at it again.

Manuals aren't sexy, and most of the time, they're boring at best. I've read a lot of manuals that were downright painful.

So, how do you make your SMS manual a tool that supports your SMS? Here are three best practices to put your manual to work today.

RELATED: How to Create Your Aviation SMS Manual

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How to Create Your Aviation SMS Manual

Posted by Nichole Kruger on Sep 20, 2018 5:39:00 AM

Why Create an Aviation SMS Manual?

ICAO 9859 calls for aviation organizations to document their SMS. This can be a simple document referencing the policies and procedures or a detailed manual.

If you run a small operation, or many process are already in place, a simple document might be all you need.

Most organizations will need a detailed manual. An SMS manual shares much in common with your quality manual, if you conveniently have one.

An SMS manual includes documentation of your safety management system. This starts with the philosophy and the policy statements that define your SMS. It will also include all the processes and procedures that make up your SMS.

If this sounds like a lot, that’s because it is.

So why go through all the trouble?

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What Should Be in Your Safety Policy in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 12, 2018 5:40:00 AM

What is Aviation Safety Policy

An aviation Safety Policy is a document in safety management systems that outlines:

  • What your organization’s safety value are;
  • What safety commitments your organization is willing to make; and
  • What the important resources are that employees can use to behave safely (policies, procedures, accountabilities).
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How to Know if Your Aviation Safety Policy is Complete

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 3, 2018 5:46:00 AM

What is Aviation SMS Safety Policy

An aviation Safety Policy is a document in safety management systems that outlines the core, important safety information that underlies your SMS.

It is the canon for your SMS.

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SMS First Steps - Which Safety Policy?

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Aug 28, 2018 6:29:00 AM

Understanding Safety Policy

Many of the words and phrases used in aviation SMS have very specific meanings beyond those found in the dictionary. Hazard and risk, for example, have definitions that go beyond Merriam-Webster’s definition.

Safety policy is not one of those phrases. In fact, safety policy can refer to two distinctly different aspects of your SMS, which can be highly confusing when you jump in with both feet like I did.

Without context, safety policy is an ambiguous phrase. Much like the statement, “I’m going to the bank,” could be interpreted to mean that I’m on my way to a financial institution or that I’m headed to the riverbank, the definition of safety policy changes depending on when, where, and how we use it.

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How to Implement SMS in Small Organizations

Posted by Mario Pierobon on Aug 23, 2018 5:12:00 AM

Customizing Your SMS Implementation Plan

Aviation companies of all shapes and sizes can benefit from a safety management system or SMS, but when faced with implementing one, small organizations can easily find themselves overwhelmed by the requirements.

In its Safety Management Manual (SMM) the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) proposes a phased approach to SMS implementation. While this approach may work well for large organizations, it doesn't seem to have been developed with small aviation companies in mind.

For example, if you have don't monitor flight data it could be impossible to perform any predictive analysis, a transition called for in the ICAO's implementation plan.

So, how can smaller Organizations implement an SMS that meets the legal requirements and improves safety performance?

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How to Endorse your Safety Policy

Posted by Tyler Britton on Aug 15, 2018 5:05:00 AM

What is Aviation Safety Policy

Having an aviation Safety Policy is a compliance requirement for in aviation SMS.

The purpose of your safety polity is, as ICAO notes, to “Describe the organization’s intentions, management principles and commitment to improving aviation safety in terms of the…service provider.”

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