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How to Review Aviation Safety Policies for SMS - Free Checklist

Posted by Doug Walker on Nov 29, 2018 4:53:00 AM

Aviation Safety Policies Require Review, Didn't You Know?

Safety managers are busy people. After all, they are constantly ensuring documentation is appropriately managed for the four pillars of the aviation SMS.

It's easy to let something slip by if there are no mechanisms in place for quality assurance for your aviation safety program.

What does it mean by reviewing the aviation safety policy? How is this done? Do I just slap another date on the bottom? What do auditors look for when reviewing this requirement? These are a few questions we'll seek to answer. Also, we will provide a free checklist for you to either:

  • Start your SMS safety policy; or
  • Review your safety policy against an exceptional safety policy requirements checklist.
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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

20 Questions for Your Safety Policy in Aviation SMS [With Free Resources]

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 26, 2018 5:00:00 AM

What is Safety Policy in Aviation SMS

Your Safety Policy is the canon of your aviation safety program. It outlines all of the essential information anyone in your company would want to know regarding safety. It is one of the first components of your SMS that you will develop. It will be the document that you:

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

How to Create Roles For Your Aviation Safety Management System

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 22, 2018 6:35:00 AM

What are Roles in Aviation Safety Management Systems

Roles in aviation SMS are used to categorize different responsibilities of employees in your safety program. Each role in your SMS will be responsible for different areas of your SMS, including different duties to fulfill those responsibilities. SMS roles are assigned to each of your employees.

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Topics: Safety Roles and Responsibilities, 1-Safety Policy

Breaking Down Aviation Safety Management System Parts

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 12, 2018 5:15:00 AM

What is a Management System

The idea of a safety management system (SMS) is something those of us in the aviation risk management industry use as if an SMS were one solid “thing.” But a safety management system is actually made up of multiple ideas, packages into a single, functioning effort for better aviation safety.

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management, 1-Safety Policy

Important Ways to Formally Document Aviation Safety Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 7, 2018 5:22:00 AM

What is Formally Documenting in Aviation SMS

Formally documenting your SMS means creating an “official” record of your SMS. Official records are simply aspects of your SMS that you document and save to use later, such as during review or provide to an auditor. Aspects of your SMS that you formally document will fall into two categories:

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

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

Free Resource: Safety Policy Templates

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

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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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

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 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

Free Resource: Safety Policy Templates

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy, Aviation SMS Implementation

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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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

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