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3 Tips to Enhance Aviation SMS Oversight

Posted by Christopher Howell on Mar 18, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Enhance SMS Oversight with Awareness

Knowing your aviation safety management system (SMS) is much like going on an extended backpacking trip.

To be safe, you need to be aware of:

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

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

What Types of Risk Assessments You Should Perform in Aviation Safety

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 4, 2019 5:17:00 AM

What is a Risk Assessment

Airport SMS programs and Airline SMS programs need use a formal process for ranking various risks. Risk assessments satisfy this need and, based on your Acceptable Level of Safety policy, allow you to know which actions to take next on the issue you are assessing.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

7 Great Incentives for Proactive Risk Management in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 2, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Incentives Are the Key to Proactive Risk Management

Incentive (or lack of) will make or break an aviation safety management system (SMS).

Without fail, aviation SMS that perform at a proactive risk management level have specific incentives that fit the needs of the organization.

Immature programs struggle to cultivate incentives for several reasons, including the fact that they are often unaware of how powerful incentives are in creating a performing SMS implementation.

I would go so far as to say that an aviation SMS is simply a collection of aligning and conflicting incentives being managed within formal risk management processes.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How to Define Severity and Likelihood Criteria on Your Risk Matrix

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 27, 2019 5:32:00 AM

What is a Risk Matrix Used For in Aviation Risk Management

The risk matrix is the standard risk assessment tool in aviation SMS and other risk management industries. It’s a standard tool because it’s simple and accomplishes all of the needs of a risk assessment, namely:

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How to Use Fishbone Diagrams in Aviation SMS - Walkthrough

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 24, 2019 5:57:00 AM

What is a Fishbone Diagram?

Fishbone diagrams are perhaps the best risk management tool in aviation safety management systems (SMS) for gaining a comprehensive understanding of root causes of safety incidents.

A fishbone diagram derives its name from its fishlike appearance, with a head several fins.

Each “fin” or “branch” of a fishbone diagram describes a different category of the situation, such as the categories “Human” or “Machine.” The head of the fishbone describes the risk.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

5 Indicators of High Performing Aviation Safety Management Systems (SMS)

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 21, 2019 6:00:00 AM

What Are We Really Talking About?

In aviation safety management systems (SMS), the best indicator of a highly performant safety culture isn’t one that has reduced operational risk close to zero, but one that readily adapts to and absorbs safety issues and disturbances as they arise.

In so many words, high-performing aviation SMS are simply able to adjust to instability rather than resist or deflect them. In other words: goes with the flow without any setback.

Of course words like “stability,” “culture,” “adaptability,” “reliable,” are great for philosophical discussions but rather poor for trying to assess SMS performance and how they relate to real life.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How to Do Predictive Risk Management Data Mining in Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Feb 19, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Data Mining Is the Foundation of Predictive Risk Management

Predictive risk management is one of the primary goals of an aviation safety management system (SMS). Predictive risk management allows operators to identify safety issues and spot trends before they result in a

  • near-miss,
  • incident, or
  • accident.
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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How to Tell If Aviation Safety Manager Is Doing Their Job

Posted by Christopher Howell on Feb 16, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Safety Managers Are Dedicated Lot

Aviation safety managers are among the best people I've ever worked with. What does this tell you? Maybe my exposure is severely limited?

During my life, I've worked a lot with:

  • Military officers;
  • Loggers;
  • Oilfield workers;
  • Government bureaucrats;
  • Medical professionals; and
  • Banking professionals.
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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Understanding Role of Hazard Identification Training and Safety Reporting Forms in Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Feb 14, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Hazard Identification Training and Safety Reporting in Aviation SMS

Hazard identification training and safety reporting can be seen as the beginning of the aviation risk management cycle in aviation safety management systems (SMS).

Is this the first step in the aviation risk management life-cycle? We shouldn't say this because employees and stakeholders reporting safety issues must be trained on what type of safety reports management wishes to process.

Consequently, safety training and safety promotion activities may be considered the first steps in aviation risk management activities. But is this accurate?

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

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