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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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Steps to Create an Emergency Response Plan in Aviation SMS [With Free Checklists]

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jun 20, 2018 4:00:00 AM

What Is an Emergency Response Plan

An emergency response plan is a manual that companies use to address many different types of emergency situations.

The manuals include:

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Best Practices for Designing Your SMS for Aviation Service Providers

Posted by Tyler Britton on May 30, 2018 4:58:00 AM

What is SMS Design

In aviation safety, SMS design is the framework upon which operations run safely.

SMS design is encapsulated in the Safety Risk Management pillar of the 4 Pillars of SMS. Implementing the design of your SMS will be the first major accomplishment of your safety program.

Following the SRM process, your design has five stages for design:

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Acceptable Level of Safety (ALoS) in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 21, 2018 6:10:00 AM

Definition of Acceptable Level of Safety in Aviation SMS

Acceptable Level of Safety (ALoS) in Aviation SMS is how you define the maximum level of risk you are willing to accept as “reasonable.”

When I say "you," I'm actually referring to the person who has the authority to accept risk for a particular area of operations. This may include:

  • Accountable executive;
  • Department heads;
  • Safety officers; or 
  • Line managers.
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Mastering Aviation SMS Safety Policy Compliance with Indicators

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 9, 2017 5:57:00 AM

Three Stages of Aviation SMS Compliance

There are three levels in the hierarchy of aviation SMS compliance, each with varying degrees of safety performance. Arriving at even the first marker of compliance can take years.

Aviation SMS safety policy will be the first area that organizations focus on for achieving compliance in phases I and II in aviation SMS implementation.

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FAA Part 5 | Safety Policy Compliance

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 20, 2017 5:54:00 AM

Five Parts of FAA Part 5 Safety Policy Documentation Compliance

FAA Part 5 compliance for Safety Policy is largely the concern of new aviation SMS programs.

Safety Policy requirements are mainly fulfilled in the first phase of aviation SMS implementation. Fortunately, the FAA’s compliance guidelines on this SMS Pillar are very clear, and well outlined.

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