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4 Pillars | How to Conduct Safety Performance Monitoring and Measurement

Posted by Tyler Britton on May 30, 2019 5:55:00 AM

What Is Safety Performance Monitoring and Measurement

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

When performance monitoring is not handled well, your safety program will wither. Worse yet, your operating certificate may be in jeopardy.

Do you know what performance monitoring looks like?

SMS performance monitoring basically involves ongoing (real-time) collection of safety data metrics that indicate the health and progress of an aviation SMS implementation. It is also used to ensure that key safety goals are achieved.

Safety performance monitoring and measurement is an element of the Safety Assurance Component of the Four Pillars of SMS.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

How to Know If Your Aviation Safety Management System is Working

Posted by Tyler Britton on May 29, 2019 5:55:00 AM

How to Prove Your Aviation SMS Is Working

Proving to stakeholders that your aviation safety management system is working is simply a matter of showing that the primary goal of SMS is being achieved - namely, that:

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

How Safety Managers Shape Safety Culture in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on May 22, 2019 5:26:00 AM

Aviation Safety Manager's Allegiance to Company

You depend on your safety manager to monitor and improve safety in your area of operations, regardless of whether you are an:

  • Airline Pilot;
  • Aviation maintenance technician;
  • Baggage handler; or
  • Flight dispatcher.

Most employees instinctively trust safety managers to act in your best interest – to do the right thing for you. Perhaps this is a naive assumption made by employees.

Safety managers owe their allegiance first to the company, but I still like to think safety managers are sincerely interested in the well-being of all employees and customers. Loyalty to both parties can be possible, or so I like to believe. Legally, the fiduciary responsibility to the company is the general expectation.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

4 Pillars | What Safety Assurance Really Means in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on May 18, 2019 5:59:00 AM

Definition of Aviation SMS Safety Assurance

In November 2006, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) mandated that all member states implement formal aviation safety management systems (SMS). To facilitate compliance, ICAO provided guidance to regulatory authorities and aviation service providers with the publication of the Safety Management Manual (SMM), now in the fourth edition as of 2019.

An aviation SMS implementation covers considerable territory, including, but not limited to:

  • Safety accountabilities;
  • Management responsibilities;
  • Hazard identification and risk analysis;
  • Risk management processes; and
  • Employee SMS training.

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To add structure to ICAO's SMS guidance, the SMM is broken down into four major components, which have since been fondly referred to as the four SMS pillars. These  SMS pillars are:

  • Safety policy;
  • Safety risk management;
  • Safety assurance; and
  • Safety promotion.
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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance, Quality-Safety Management

4 Tips for Passing Aviation SMS Audits -with Free Resources

Posted by Christopher Howell on May 15, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Why Passing an Aviation SMS Audit Is Critical

Over the past dozen years, an aviation SMS audit has become a necessary and commonly difficult task for:

  • Airlines;
  • Airports;
  • Aviation maintenance organizations;
  • ATC; and
  • Flight schools.
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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

3 Reasons Why Aviation Safety Culture Leads Directly to Safety Performance

Posted by Tyler Britton on May 11, 2019 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.

Perhaps a better way to understand safety culture is the means of realizing safety success, in which commitment is just one part.

Of course, safety culture in the aviation industry needs to be couple with an organized, compliant aviation safety management system (SMS) in order to increase an organization's ability for safety success. By safety success, I mean that your SMS implementation demonstrates:

  • Good performance on aviation safety audits;
  • Well-developed performance metrics;
  • High quality hazard identification and safety reporting culture; and
  • An aviation safety database that demonstrates a strong historical precedent of continuous improvement.
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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

What Is a Gap Analysis in Aviation SMS?

Posted by Christopher Howell on May 7, 2019 6:05:00 AM

What Is a Gap Analysis Used For

Both new and experienced aviation safety professionals sometimes have to ask themselves, what is a gap analysis and why am I using it?

The first thing anyone needs to understand about a gap analysis is that it is a process used by both new aviation safety management systems (SMS) and maturing SMS. This process is used by aviation service providers to determine:

  • The current state of the SMS;
  • The desired state of the SMS; and
  • Where the “gaps” between those states are.
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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

Overcoming Department Heads Absence in Aviation SMS

Posted by Mario Pierobon on May 6, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Management Distancing Themselves from Aviation SMS

A common misperception in the aviation industry regarding safety management is that it is primarily a responsibility of the safety manager to work on all safety related matters.

The reality is actually different; paradoxically the safety manager is the one who should be doing the least: s/he should be working only as a facilitator of safety processes.

The real proactive work should be done at the level of each division with each divisional head (e.g. the flight operations manager) heavily involved in risk assessment and safety-sensitive development or updating of operating practices.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

6 Types of Safety Culture in Aviation Safety Management Systems

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 16, 2019 6:21:00 AM

Relationship between Aviation Safety Management Systems and Safety Culture

I have recently seen a great rise in the interest and emphasis placed on safety culture in aviation safety management systems (SMS).

Until the last number of years, safety culture has been treated like an appendage or “bonus” to having a performant, successful aviation SMS implementation. Now however, I see safety culture starting to pop up all over the place.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

How Aviation Safety Policy Affects Safety Assurance?

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Apr 15, 2019 6:07:00 AM

Aviation Safety Policy Influences Safety Assurance

Our global economy relies heavily on aviation SMS safety assurance activities to be carried out dutifully by aviation service providers.

The aviation industry is responsible for safely transporting goods and people all over the world. It is also responsible for employing millions of people in all corners of our globe. Without the aviation industry, our global economy would slow significantly.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

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