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Writing & Reviewing Aviation SMS Safety Policies - 4 Free Templates

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jan 26, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Aviation Safety Policy? More than Just Empty Words...

Safety managers are commonly the invisible authors to many safety policies show-cased at aviation service providers worldwide. After all, safety managers are the "supposed" subject matter experts and the accountable executive is busy doing "accountable executive stuff."

When you are assigned to manage an aviation safety management system (SMS), one of the first tasks is to either create or review the aviation safety policy.

Where do you begin?

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

5 Times Documentation Saves Safety Managers in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 24, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Paperwork Is More than Tedious

Let’s be real – documentation is really just a fancy word for paperwork (digital or hardcopy). It can be extremely tedious.

I’ve never met anyone who looks forward to documentation required in an aviation safety management system (SMS). That doesn’t change the fact that at every activity of an aviation SMS

  • planning,
  • implementation,
  • audit reports,
  • SMS training records
  • reported safety issues, and
  • continuous improvement –

documentation does greatly impact the efficiency of the SMS.

SMS documentation is the script of an SMS.

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3 Myths about Aviation SMS Implementation

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 21, 2019 5:53:00 AM

Be Aware of Your Aviation Safety Management Myths

Awareness is a great weapon for overcoming problems in aviation safety management systems (SMS). When aviation safety managers try and implement an aviation SMS while at the same time clinging to myths:

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

5 Simple Tips to Improve Aviation Safety Reporting Cultures

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jan 6, 2019 3:43:00 PM

Safety Managers Can Only Manage Hazards That Are Reported

Healthy aviation safety management systems (SMS) rely upon hazard reporting to reduce operational risk. High performing safety reporting cultures receive approximately one report for every ten employees each month.

When safety managers have poor hazard reporting cultures, they have a more difficult time justifying aviation safety budgets. Furthermore, their collected data is skewed and inaccurate and basically useless for responsible decision making.

  • Garbage in - garbage out.
  • Not all data in - garbage out.
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How Aviation Safety Managers Can Improve Safety Reporting Cultures

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jan 4, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Safety Reporting Remains Core to Aviation SMS

Participants of healthy aviation safety management systems (SMS) enjoy trusting relationships between management and staff. The goal for organizational success without sacrificing safety and employee welfare is actively promoted and accepted by all.

A systemic problem exists in our aviation industry in that an alarming number of aviation service providers have substandard corporate safety cultures.

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Cybersecurity in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 25, 2018 4:45:00 AM

What is Cybersecurity

The aviation industry relies heavily on computers for every touchpoint of aviation service, from ground to flight operations. Cybersecurity is a term that refers to the safety of such computer systems – it is also called info-security. If nefarious individuals were able to get access to some of your computer systems, they could pose a catastrophic threat to flight operations.

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy, Quality-Safety Management

How to Review Aviation SMS Safety Policies - 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 SMS documentation requirements are appropriately managed for all four pillars of the aviation safety management system (SMS).

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

What does it mean by reviewing the aviation SMS' 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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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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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: 1-Safety Policy, Safety Roles and Responsibilities

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: 1-Safety Policy, Quality-Safety Management

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