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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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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

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: Quality-Safety Management, 1-Safety Policy

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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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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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

How Confidential Aviation Safety Reporting Systems Offer Assurance to Employees

Posted by Christopher Howell on Nov 9, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Aviation Safety Reporting Cultures Are Suffering

Most safety managers don't have the luxury of a healthy safety reporting culture in their aviation safety management system (SMS). Managers daily struggle to boost their monthly safety reporting metrics' up to 10% of employees, or one report per month for every ten employees.

In 1976, NASA and the FAA recognized that a neutrally-operated confidential aviation hazard reporting system was required to engender trust among the aviation community. Furthermore, the reason that NASA operates the largest confidential aviation hazard reporting system in the world is due to the fact that these regulators knew that the aviation community was distrustful of any system controlled by the regulatory agencies.

In those earlier days, safety culture was not considered with the importance that it holds today.

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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

How to Shape Your Corporate Vision with Aviation Safety Goals and Objectives

Posted by Christopher Howell on Nov 3, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Power of Safety Goals on Shaping Aviation Safety Culture

Goal-setting is required for every ICAO-compliant aviation SMS program. The objective of goal setting is to

  • Improve an operator's safety performance;
  • Shape organizational safety culture, which
  • Contributes to the bottom line.

There is not a defined method to guide safety managers in goal setting. Every safety manager has their preferred strategies for goal setting. Their methods are commonly based on available tools and the SMART acronym.

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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:

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