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4 Pillars | Most Important Elements of Change Management in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on May 23, 2019 6:01:00 AM

What Is Change Management in Aviation SMS

Since November 2006, most commercial aviation service providers  have been required to implement formal aviation safety management systems (SMS) to comply with the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) mandate.

These operators must develop and maintain a formal risk management process for identifying hazards and implementing needed changes in their operational environments to help reduce risk to acceptable levels. These changes usually effect existing services and operations; however, new service offerings or operation types will trigger the need to initiate a change management project.

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4 Pillars | What Is Risk Assessment in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on May 19, 2019 5:34:00 AM

How to be Compliant with ICAO Safety Risk Assessment and MitigationWhat Is Risk Assessment in Aviation SMS

Operators implementing formal aviation safety management systems (SMS) need to develop, practice and maintain a documented process of risk analysis, risk assessment, and risk control to an acceptable level of safety (ALoS). We say that the process needs to be formal in the sense that risk assessments/analysis needs to be documented and communicated to employees based on their participatory role in the aviation SMS.

The risk assessment process in aviation SMS starts with hazard identification and hazard reporting. Once reported, aviation safety managers will analyze affected systems and assess the risk in terms of the following:

  • Probability of negative outcomes; and
  • Severity of most likely negative outcomes.
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What Is a Risk Event in Aviation Risk Management and Why You Should Be Using It

Posted by Tyler Britton on May 14, 2019 6:08:00 AM

Difference Between Risk and Risk Event

Last year we released a Hazard and Risk Competency Quiz, which deals a lot with the concept of Risk Events. Overall the assessment – which was purposefully very difficult – was very successful.

We received a lot of feedback about Risk Events, and for the most part aviation safety managers fall into 3 categories concerning Risk Events. If you are familiar with the assessment, which category do you fall into?

  • Unfamiliar with “Risk Event” but thought it was interesting;
  • Found the concept and use of “Risk Event” very helpful in risk management activities; or
  • Disagreed with the use of “risk”, citing traditional definitions of risk as an argument.
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What Is Success in Aviation Risk Management?

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on May 13, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Aviation Is Risky Business

Aviation, like any business, has elements of risk.

Whether it is a safety issue or a cost issue, the risk is very much a part of the aviation industry past, present, and future.

I believe it takes a certain kind of person to be successful in aviation risk management.

Yet what does success look like for an aviation safety professional?

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4 Pillars | What Is Safety Risk Management

Posted by Tyler Britton on May 12, 2019 7:05:00 AM

Safety Risk Management Process

If there’s one takeaway for new professionals in aviation safety management, it’s that aviation risk management is a process. It is not a single, solid “thing.”

This process is cyclical, and can be identified by several stages that form a systematic approach to safety risk management, including:

  1. Establishing acceptable levels of safety, including defining likelihood and severity;
  2. Hazard identification, including identification of risks, hazard mechanisms, and other safety weaknesses;
  3. Evaluation of safety behavior, bureaucracy, and other factors that influence safety;
  4. Creation of control measures designed to mitigate the likelihood and impact of hazards and risk consequences; 
  5. Implementation of risk controls into the existing safety management system; 
  6. Monitoring the operating environment and efficacy of risk controls; and
  7. Communicating risk to employees and stakeholders.
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What Is a Corrective Action in Aviation SMS?

Posted by Tyler Britton on May 10, 2019 5:56:00 AM

What Is a Corrective Action - A Definition

A corrective action is a risk management process, tool or activity used to correct any undesirable element of an aviation service provider's operational system. Most commonly, the term "corrective action" is used loosely to represent "corrective actions and preventative actions," or CPAs. You may also see corrective actions called CAPAs (corrective action preventative action) or RCAs (recommended corrective actions), though CPA is the most recognized acronym globally in the aviation industry.

Regardless of what they are called, corrective actions are used to implement changes of the “corrective” type during reactive risk management processes. Corrective actions change the current state by making changes that bring an undesirable scenario or situation into an acceptable level of risk or reduces risk to as low as reasonably practical (ALARP).

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5 Proven Benefits of a Fishbone Diagram Library in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on May 4, 2019 6:05:00 AM

Underlying Benefit of Fishbone Diagram in Aviation SMS

Fishbone diagram libraries provide many opportunities and benefits for aviation service providers who decide to adopt fishbone diagrams as a risk management tool in their aviation safety management systems (SMS).

The primary benefit of fishbone diagrams provide is detail.

Fishbone diagrams:

  • Identify major and minor root causes of a risk;
  • Categorize causes and events by type, such as human, machine, etc.; and
  • Provide a comprehensive picture of all the factors that lead to a risk.
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8 Stages of Safety Events in Aviation Risk Management Process

Posted by Tyler Britton on May 3, 2019 6:04:00 AM

Why Understand the Stages of Safety Events?

Understanding the fine lines between various stages of safety events in aviation risk management processes is extremely important.

Aviation safety management systems (SMS) have become so successful if not for the sole reason that they have taken an analytical, systematic approach to risk.

Understanding each stage of a safety event exemplifies a systematic approach to risk on a detailed level.

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What Is Proactive Hazard Identification and Risk Management in Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Apr 30, 2019 6:07:00 AM

What Is Proactive Hazard Management

I have a friend across the globe who is having troubles getting his head around proactive hazard identification and the resulting risk management processes in his aviation safety management system (SMS). This friend naturally prompted this blog article to explain an approach to proactively manage hazards and to document hazard identification and risk analysis activities.

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5 Steps to Create Fishbone Diagrams in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 28, 2019 6:02:00 AM

What Is a Fishbone Diagram?

Fishbone diagrams are an excellent risk management tool for the root-cause-focused aviation industry.

If you are wondering how to use fishbone diagrams, you first need to know what a fishbone diagram is.

A fishbone diagram derives its name from its fish-like appearance, with a head and several fins. Each “fin” or “branch” of a fishbone diagram describes a different element of the failure. The head of the fishbone is describes the risk.

Fishbone diagrams are also known as cause-and-effect diagrams or Ishikawa diagrams. In real world environments they are used for three primary purposes:

  • Understand the causes and effects that lead to risks and undesirable events;
  • Explore root causes of a safety issue; and
  • Understand the relationship between causes and effects.
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