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How to Conduct Root Cause Analysis in SMS Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 21, 2017 6:02:00 AM

Purpose of Root Cause Analysis

Aviation safety managers have usually have different opinions about exactly what root cause analysis is. Root cause analysis for one safety manager is not root cause analysis for another. This is because there is no standard definition for what root cause analysis is. Even  oversight agencies like the FAA or ICAO shy away from providing much guidance on what root cause analysis is or how to conduct it.

The lack of definition is not necessarily a bad thing. What’s important is to understand the goals and purpose of root cause analysis:

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

4 Pillars | The Truth About SMS Continuous Improvement and KPIs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 20, 2017 5:49:00 AM

What REALLY is Continuous Improvement in SMS Programs?

SMS continuous improvement is one of the three primary elements of the Safety Assurance component of the 4 Pillars of SMS, according to ICAO Doc 9859.

Continuous improvement’s goal is the constant progression of safety performance in a positive direction.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

How to Monitor Aviation Safety Culture Performance

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 7, 2017 5:57:00 AM

Why Monitor Aviation Safety Culture Performance

Aviation safety culture results in safety performance. Other than the bureaucratic elements of SMS, you could even make an argument that safety culture is safety performance.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

4 Pillars | How to Conduct Safety Performance Monitoring and Measurement

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 2, 2017 5:55:00 AM

What is Safety Performance Monitoring and Measurement

Safety performance monitoring is an essential component of aviation safety management systems. And by “essential,” performance monitoring is like your SMS program’s immune system.

When performance monitoring is not handled well, your safety program will wither.

Do you know what performance monitoring looks like?

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

How to Monitor the Effectiveness of Control Measures

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 27, 2017 6:08:00 AM

Why You Need to Monitor the Effectiveness of Control Measures

Control measures are the heart of your safety management system’s risk mitigation efforts.

Oversight agencies like the FAA know this, which is why they are always asking, “How do you monitor the effectiveness of risk control measures?”

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

3 Reasons Why Aviation Safety Culture Leads Directly To Safety Performance

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 17, 2017 6:06:00 AM

What is Aviation Safety Culture

By definition, aviation safety culture is an organization’s commitment to safety. I tend to find this definition limiting. A better way to understand safety culture is the means of realizing safety success, in which commitment is just one part.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

4 Pillars | What Safety Assurance Really Means in Aviation SMS Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 13, 2017 5:59:00 AM

Definition of Aviation SMS Safety Assurance

Safety assurance is the 3rd component in the aviation SMS 4 pillars. Long story short, safety assurance is defined by monitoring the safety management system. Such monitoring comes in many important forms, some of which are rather obvious and some of which are often overlooked.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance, Quality-Safety Management

How to Improve Confidence in Aviation Safety Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 9, 2017 5:55:00 AM

What is Confidence in Aviation Safety Programs?

Confidence in aviation safety programs is trust that the SMS program fulfills its obligations. The obligations of SMS include, of course, safety. But they don’t just include safety. The fact is that aviation safety programs that set out to only satisfy good-looking safety data will plateau or even implode before long.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

Do You Trust Your Aviation Safety Manager?

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 26, 2017 5:17:00 AM

Why You Maybe Shouldn't Trust Your Aviation Safety Manager

You depend on your safety manager to monitor and improve safety in your aviation SMS program. You trust them to act in your best interest – to do the right thing for you.  

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

What are Leading Indicators in Aviation SMS Programs?

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 24, 2017 6:03:00 AM

What Are Leading Indicators in Safety Programs?

Leading indicators in aviation SMS programs are:

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

 

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