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40 Questions for Your Safety Assurance Process in Aviation SMS [With Free Checklists]

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 19, 2018 5:40:00 AM

What is Safety Assurance Process in Aviation SMS

Safety Assurance in aviation SMS is a process that helps you ensure that your SMS is functioning as designed. Safety Assurance is most closely associated with Phase 4 of SMS implementation. Implementing Phase 4 largely involves implementing the mans to:

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

How to Show Effectiveness of Your Aviation Safety Management System

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 5, 2018 6:05:00 AM

Who Are You Showing Effectiveness of SMS To

Proving the effectiveness of your aviation safety management system comes in several flavors. Who are you proving the effectiveness to? You might be showing your SMS effectiveness at managing safety to:

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management, 3-Safety Assurance

How to Be Compliant with ICAO Hazard Identification

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 22, 2018 5:40:00 AM

What are ICAO Hazard Identification Compliance Requirements

ICAO’s hazard identification compliance requirements are twofold:

  • (2.1.1) Develop formal process for hazard identification; and
  • (2.1.2) Use reactive, proactive, and predictive to identify hazards.
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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

How to Evaluate and Justify a Risk Control in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 15, 2018 5:23:00 AM

Why Evaluate and Justify Risk Controls in Aviation SMS

If there is one thing all aviation compliance authority guidelines (including ICAO) agree upon, it’s that your aviation safety mitigation controls need to be thoroughly analyzed BEFORE you implement them.

Safety mitigation controls are the bedrock of your risk mitigation strategy.

Safety mitigation controls are also commonly called:

  • Control measures;
  • Risk control measures;
  • Safety control measures; and
  • Corrective preventative actions, or CPAs.
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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

How to Be Compliant with ICAO Safety Performance Monitoring and Measurement

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 8, 2018 4:59:00 AM

What is Safety Performance Monitoring and Measurement

Safety performance monitoring and measurement is an extremely important part of Safety Assurance. It’s how you verify the safety performance your organization. By safety performance, we are talking about:

  • How well your safety risk controls mitigate risk;
  • How well your SMS is reaching safety performance indicators; and
  • How well your SMS is maintaining compliance.
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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

How to Organize Data for Good Data Analysis in Aviation SMS [Best Practices]

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 24, 2018 5:57:00 AM

Classify Safety Issues with Classifications

Organizing data and information is extremely important in SMS, as much of your data analysis and performance monitoring depend on such organization. One best practice to organize your data is assign classifications to issues.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

How to Implement Effective Control Measures

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Sep 21, 2018 5:21:00 AM

What Are Control Measures?

When you identify a hazard within your organization, the first step is to analyze the risk. If the risk is high, then you need a control measure to reduce risk to acceptable levels.

Any change made to the existing system to reduce risk is a control measure.

RELATED: 4 Elements of Safety Risk Management (SRM)

Control measures can be simple or complex. Using a less hazardous chemical might be a simple control. Designing and installing a new ventilation system would be more complicated.

The controls your team implements will depend on risk and available resources.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

How to Be Compliant with Continuous Improvement of SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 10, 2018 4:53:00 AM

Practicing vs Verifying SMS Continuous Improvement

It’s important to make the distinction between the

  • practicing of continuous improvement and
  • verifying that continuous improvement is happening.
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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

How Often Should You Conduct Aviation SMS Audit

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 5, 2018 5:39:00 AM

What Is an Internal Aviation SMS Audit

An internal aviation SMS audit is how you evaluate any part of your SMS.

On the one hand, you use such audits to ensure that certain actions are taking place in your SMS, such as SRM operations or continuous improvement.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

How Your Aviation Safety Products May Offer False Sense of Security

Posted by Christopher Howell on Aug 30, 2018 6:29:00 AM

Success Isn’t Guaranteed

Regardless of the size or complexity of your organization, every aviation service provider recognizes that risk exists in the operation due to the nature of the industry and ever-changing environment. There are no aviation safety products or processes that will totally insulate you from risk.

Every intelligent person recognizes that an aviation safety management system (SMS) will not ensure that you will be more successful. You may still experience loss. This loss may be:

  • Revenue
  • Lives
  • Productivity
  • Business

Are you the type of operator that counts your losses as part of doing business?

Do you have time-tested processes that assure successful operations? Or perhaps you are counting on a combination of factors, such as your "time-tested processes" and an SMS manual or safety database to insulate yourself from regulatory scrutiny?

Over the years, I have seen a problem regarding the adoption of aviation safety products that were designed to increase success.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

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