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4 Critical Elements of the Aviation SMS Risk Management Process

Posted by Christopher Howell on Feb 12, 2019 10:00:00 AM

SMS' Risk Management Seldom Reaches Full Potential

Risk management processes in aviation safety management systems (SMS) offer service providers structure for:

  • Hazard identification;
  • Hazard reporting;
  • Risk quantification;
  • Evaluation of risk controls;
  • Safety performance monitoring; and
  • Investigations of both reported safety issues and foreseeable hazards.
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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

3 Tips for Effective Management of Change Projects in Aviation SMS

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

Changes Are Delicate

The systems, procedures, and regulations of aviation service providers are as multifaceted as just about any industry in the world. We can imagine it as a house of cards, where all of the various elements lean on each other to form what we know as the aviation industry.

The aviation industry has matured significantly in the past one-hundred years since the first scheduled airline flight in 1914. Change is inevitable.

With the advent of formal aviation safety management systems (SMS), change management has taken a more structured approach.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How Safety Managers Hurt Safety Reporting Performance - Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Feb 9, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Poor Safety Reporting Cultures Invite Opportunities for Loss

Safety reports from aviation service providers' employees are important resources for the detection and prevention of potential safety hazards. One of the biggest challenges for aviation safety managers is to obtain safety reports from employees.

Obstacles that contribute to this challenge are common:

  • Difficult reporting processes;
  • No hazard identification training;
  • Lack of recurring encouragement;
  • Inconsistent educational messages;
  • Supervisors discouraging hazard reporting;
  • Fear of reprisal;
  • Fear of drawing attention to their area of operations;
  • Apathy or distrust of management; and
  • Management neglecting the feedback loop.
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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How to Use Exposure in Aviation Risk Management Processes

Posted by Christopher Howell on Feb 7, 2019 10:00:00 AM

How Well Do You Understand Risk Management in Your SMS?

Aviation safety managers are tasked with managing all aspects of fully implemented aviation safety management systems (SMS). Naturally, most laypersons imagine safety managers reacting to accidents, incidents, and irregularities (issues or events) as their primary job function.

It is also probable that most managers outside the safety department believe safety managers have nothing better to do than sit around waiting for "safety issues" to surface.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Most Common Aviation Risk Management Challenges at Airlines & Airports

Posted by Doug Walker on Jan 27, 2019 10:37:00 AM

Common Safety Manager Challenges in Aviation SMS Programs

Safety managers face difficult challenges when complying with the ICAO aviation safety management systems (SMS) requirements. Most airlines and airports around the world understand that they have to implement these SMS requirements.

In many parts of the world, aviation safety managers commonly lack:

  • Clear guidance to implement aviation SMS;
  • Earnest participation by the entire organization; and
  • The adequate budget for tools to manage safety programs;

This is obviously an important issue to discuss with the accountable executive. After all, the accountable executive is responsible for the SMS implementation. Safety managers need for accountable executives to understand that the SMS is not the safety manager's SMS implementation, but the accountable executive's implementation! You may have to educate in order to effect positive change in the SMS.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

What Is the Process of Risk Management in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 18, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Aviation Risk Management Is a Cyclical Process

The phrase “aviation risk management” gives the impression of being a single, solid idea – something to attain for – but in actual practice, it is a cyclical process.

Simply put, risk management is about identifying and placing controls (i.e., strengthening) weak points in an aviation safety management system (SMS).

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

From Reactive to Proactive Risk Management in Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jan 12, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Proactive Risk Management a Dream for Many Aviation Safety Programs

Historically, aviation safety management strategies relied predominantly upon reactive risk management principles. For example, a critical part would break or an accident occurred, and managers would then attempt to determine the root cause and fix the issue.

In a perfect world, aviation service providers will lean toward a more modern proactive, organizational-based methodology to avert serious accidents before they occur. By looking at Boeing stats, commercial traffic is very safe, with greater than 99.999% accident-free rate.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Risk Mitigation Best Practices in Aviation Safety Management

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 3, 2019 12:29:34 PM

What Are Best Practices for Risk Mitigation in Aviation Safety Management

The term risk mitigation, broadly speaking, means to try and prevent danger. You might think of it as “reducing exposure.” In general, there are four best practices employed in aviation SMS to mitigate risk, and they include:

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

Best Low Cost Risk Management Tools to Use in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 2, 2019 8:14:00 PM

What Are Risk Management Tools

Risk management tools in aviation SMS is simply a vague term that refers to resources that can help you manage risk. Often, the most beneficial resources tend to be the simple, inexpensive, and helpful for both providing guidance and helping you organize your time.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management, Quality-Safety Management

5 Warning Signs and Symptoms of Aviation SMS Failures

Posted by Christopher Howell on Dec 31, 2018 6:02:00 AM

Aviation Safety Management System Symptoms and Underlying Causes

An aviation safety management system (SMS) functions almost like a living, breathing entity. The SMS' required safety assurance processes facilitate improvements through continual verification and follow-up actions. Regardless of your SMS' maturity level, the SMS continually evolves.

Every SMS has many moving parts that work together to reduce risk and to comply with regulatory requirements. These individual components can exhibit healthy signs, as well as symptoms of underlying problems.

A lot of money and lives depend on a safety manager’s ability to recognize such signs and symptoms. Is your SMS experiencing any of these warning signs?

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

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