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Setting Up an Aviation Safety Management System (SMS)

Posted by Christopher Howell on Apr 13, 2019 6:08:00 AM

SMS Implementation Guidance Still Needed

Over a dozen years (Nov 2006) have passed since ICAO issued its first mandate requiring member states to implement formal, structured aviation safety management systems (SMS).

By now, I would like to believe there is considerable guidance available for aviation service providers to implement their aviation SMS. However, approximately ten percent of the people I encounter in my work as a provider of aviation SMS software request guidance on setting up their aviation SMS.

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

How to Write Non-Punitive Reporting Policy for Aviation SMS Programs - Free Templates

Posted by Christopher Howell on Mar 10, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Purpose of Non-Punitive Reporting Policies in Aviation SMS Programs

Dedicated, hard-working safety managers drive the setup of airline and airports' aviation safety management systems (SMS).

These safety managers are often left to decipher ambiguous requirements that are open to multiple interpretations. This comes into play especially when upper management wants to "pencil-whip" an aviation SMS and merely check the boxes.

Most safety managers are not content to merely "check the box." They have integrity and want to do the right thing. After all, each of us wants to do the best job we can.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation, 1-Safety Policy, 2-Safety Risk Management

Overcoming Most Common Aviation SMS Implementation Challenges - Free Resources

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 6, 2019 4:39:00 AM

Plans and Challenges of Implementation

Aviation safety management systems (SMS) implementation takes a long time to fully mature, usually three to five years if you are lucky.

Once there, your SMS will continually be tweaked and updated, which of course requires further implementation and monitoring.

Long story short, implementing an SMS is a leviathan of a task and needs a thoughtful, detailed plan. Of course, don't forget that persistence pays off, as there may be a few "false starts" that require backpedaling to refocus your efforts.

In addition, your SMS will be impeded by constant challenges, including:

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

How to Assign Duties and Responsibilities in Aviation Safety Management

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 25, 2019 6:11:00 AM

Purpose of Duties and Responsibilities in Aviation SMS

Duties and responsibilities in aviation SMS outline what each role will be accountable for and its core tasks. Each role will have unique tasks and accountabilities. You assign duties and responsibilities to an employee by assigning him/her a role. Duties and responsibilities allows your organization to:

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

How to Create SMS Org Chart in Aviation Safety Management

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 20, 2019 5:48:00 AM

What is an SMS Org Chart in Aviation Safety Management

An SMS org chart in aviation safety management outlines the chain-of-command in your SMS. Safety org charts are a visual reference tool that outlines the structure of your SMS. SMS org charts are important because:

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

Roles in Aviation SMS: Essential Roles Every SMS Should Have

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 13, 2019 5:58:00 AM

What Are Roles in Aviation SMS Software

Roles in aviation SMS software are different categories of permissions and access assigned to users accessing your SMS database. Each role will have different responsibilities and authority.

Roles allow you to organize the human elements in your safety management system. This helps you:

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy, Safety Roles and Responsibilities

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

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

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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