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What is the Key to Successful Risk Management?

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Feb 16, 2018 6:01:00 AM

How to Manage High Levels of Risk Effectively

As the former Commander of the International Space Station, it is not surprising that in interviews, Chris Hadfield often stresses the importance of effective risk management. Whether for career or pleasure, every aviator experiences a considerable level of risk. This is epitomized by the life of this former astronaut.

Nothing but the thin walls of a pressurized enclosure, hurtling through space at unimaginable speeds, lay between his small team onboard the space station and the cold eternity of space. In such circumstances, one small mistake could mean the difference between life and death.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

What Are Best Practices for Change Management in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 22, 2018 5:48:00 AM

What is Management of Change in Aviation SMS

Management of change in aviation SMS is a formal process for implementing system-level changes in aviation SMS programs.

By system-level, we are talking about a change that is significant enough to affect the design of your SMS.

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

5 Essential Safety Performance Monitoring Tools in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 8, 2018 6:24:00 AM

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; and
  • Actively, such as in the case of daily performance monitoring of safety issues and 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

What an Aviation Operational Risk Profile Looks Like in Real SMS Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 20, 2017 6:18:00 AM

What is an SMS Operational Risk Profile (ORP)

Under the umbrella of many SMS compliance agencies, an operational risk profile (ORP) is a requirement that is the core of your hazard, risk, and control measure accountability. That’s another way of saying that all risk mitigation “resources” are identified in your ORP.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How to Create Safety Reports for SMS Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 11, 2017 5:36:00 AM

What are Safety Reports in SMS Programs?

Safety reports in SMS programs are your primary weapon for communicating safety information to stakeholders. Safety information will be catered to stakeholders.

Stakeholders are simply anyone who you need to communicate safety information to, such as:

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Everything You Need to Know About Risk Analysis in Aviation SMS Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 18, 2017 6:15:00 AM

The Multiple Faces of What Risk Is

The concept of risk is something that tends to make safety professionals slightly indignant. The fact is that safety professionals can be more than a little possessive about their definitions, and how they conceive of particular safety elements.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Flight Risk Assessment Tool Good Aviation SMS Backbone?

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 16, 2017 6:00:00 AM

What is a Flight Risk Assessment Tool

A flight risk assessment tool, commonly known as FRAT, is a very important element of your SMS program.

Every flight has risks and hazards.

Using a FRAT tool helps airline SMS programs evaluate review and identify those risks. Based on this FRAT review process, safety programs can develop mitigation strategies.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

The 5 Risk Mitigation Strategies in Aviation SMS Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 13, 2017 6:44:00 AM

What is a Risk Mitigation Strategy in Aviation SMS Programs

The primary objective of risk mitigation strategies in aviation SMS programs is usually detailed as being a plan to implement risk controls that reduce the likelihood/severity of each identified specific risk. However, this risk mitigation plan in limited in that it does not address the mitigation of hazard occurrence.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

What is Aviation Risk Management Slippage, and Why It Concerns You

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 6, 2017 6:02:00 AM

What is Aviation Risk Management Slippage

Aviation risk management slippage is an extremely important concept in aviation SMS programs.

Safety managers need to be aware of what this concept is, and what it looks like in the operational environment. In short, risk management slippage is a subtle, passive hazardous situation whereby:

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How to Practice Reactive, Proactive, and Predictive Risk Management in Your Safety Program

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 4, 2017 6:05:00 AM

What it Means to Practice Reactive, Proactive, and Predictive Risk Management

If you want to practice reactive, proactive, and predictive risk management in your safety program, you first and foremost need to understand the difference between these types of risk management. Understanding what each type of risk management is does not involve just understanding the “conceptual” difference, but how each practice differs in the actual operational environment.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

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