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5 Useful Safety Performance Monitoring Tools in Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Dec 27, 2018 1:03:00 PM

What is Safety Performance Monitoring in Aviation SMS

Safety performance monitoring in aviation SMS is the primary way you will assess your safety program. This assessment happens in two different ways:

  • Passively, such as in the case of high, system level performance monitoring, such as trend identification; and
  • Actively, such as in the case of daily performance monitoring of safety issues, including their associated hazards, risks and control measures identified during issue management.

So, when we talk about “safety performance monitoring,” we need to always specify whether we are talking about passive or active performance monitoring if the context is not clear.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management, 3-Safety Assurance

How to Incorporate Fatigue Risk Management into Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 26, 2018 4:21:00 AM

What is Fatigue Risk Management

Fatigue is one of the most import factors in overall operational safety. It’s so important that most aviation safety management systems adopt additional and specific measures to combat fatigue. Fatigue risk management includes:

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation, 2-Safety Risk Management

Why/When Aviation Safety Managers Don't Need Operational Experience

Posted by Christopher Howell on Dec 24, 2018 6:51:00 AM

What Does Being an Aviation Safety Manager Mean?

Aviation safety managers are responsible for the development, operation and continuous improvement of our world's airline and airport's safety management systems (SMS). Safety managers facilitate the management of all safety-related issues according to ICAO's requirements following the four pillars:

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

What Is the Modern Aviation Risk Management Cycle

Posted by Christopher Howell on Dec 20, 2018 5:08:00 PM

Aviation Risk Management Cycle

Risk management has always been the core element of effective aviation safety programs. Before the advent of formal aviation safety management systems (SMS), airlines and airports managed risk in their everyday activities, but certainly not in a formal, structured process that has now become a worldwide standard. This standard has been initiated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 2006. You can learn more by reading the SMS guidance material.

Airlines and airport around the globe have been spending considerable time and energy implementing ICAO compliant SMS. For those operators that are not merely "checking the box," they have realized that there are many benefits to a sincere, wholehearted implementation. These airlines and airport are structuring their risk management programs according to best industry practices, most of which have been handed down by ICAO's safety management guidance materials.

Safety professionals today must be intimately familiar with the modern aviation risk management cycle, which is based on ICAO's risk management concepts. These concepts are broken out into these phases:

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

5 Questions to Ask Before Making Risk Assessment

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 3, 2018 5:16:00 AM

Goal of Risk Assessment Questions

Before making risk assessments, there are a number of important questions to ask about the issue in question. These questions are extremely important, as they affect how you will rank the issue and how you will respond to it.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

7 Tips for Aviation Safety Managers to Manage Change to SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 2, 2018 4:28:00 AM

Environment Always Changes

Change is an inevitable and constant reality in the aviation industry. In fact, lack of change is tantamount to a lack of growth in an economy. Likewise, if your aviation safety management system (SMS) is not changing, it’s not improving. "Continuous improvement of the SMS" is the third element of the "Safety Assurance" pillar of SMS.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

From Reactive to Proactive Hazard Identification in Aviation SMS

Posted by Doug Walker on Nov 30, 2018 5:42:00 AM

Proactive Hazard Identification Saves Lives

Every aviation operation endures varying levels of risk, depending on ever-changing environmental conditions.

The operating environment never remains constant.

No two operations are identical.

Certain factors will always interject uncertainty and risk into the operation, including:

  • Human;
  • Equipment; and
  • Environmental.

There are times when pilots and maintenance personnel need to determine in advance whether the operation they are about to undertake involves inordinately high levels of risk. Aviation service providers should deem it critical for both asset protection and risk management best practices to establish a review process for certain types of operations.

Here we'll explore the benefits of proactively identifying hazards and why many managers don't like to incorporate flight risk assessments into their daily operations.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How to Reduce Risk to SMS When Aviation Safety Managers Quit

Posted by Christopher Howell on Nov 25, 2018 5:56:00 AM

Aviation Safety Managers Key SMS Personnel

Without fail, every aviation safety manager I have met has the following attributes:

  • Resourceful;
  • Very hard working;
  • Dedicated to the company and task;
  • Articulate; and
  • Competitive.

This tells me that accountable executives are appointing the correct types of employees to carry out this very important task of managing the SMS. Aviation SMS implementations are not sprints, but marathons. Every successful SMS implementation I've seen relies upon two important elements:

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Difference between Hazards, Risks & Control Measures in Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Nov 21, 2018 5:19:00 AM

Why You Need to Know the Difference Between Hazards, Risks and Controls

Aviation management personnel and employees who truly understand the differences between hazards, risks and different type of controls are more effective at preventing accidents and reducing costs related to preventable accidents and incidents.

Furthermore, hazards and risks are most commonly misunderstood by safety managers who need to either create or review their company's hazard and risk registers.

Can you easily tell another employee the difference between a hazard and a risk? What about the different types of control measures? Are you sure your definition and understanding are correct?

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

20 Questions For Your Safety Risk Management Process in Aviation SMS [With Free Checklists]

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 31, 2018 4:54:00 AM

What is Safety Risk Management Process

The Safety Risk Management process (SRM) is where you outline and document your entire operational risk profile. Completing your SRM process is a major part of Phase 3 of SMS implementation.

Once you complete initial documentation of your SRM process, you will need to continuously update it as new “inputs” are identified or implemented in your SMS, such as:

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

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