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How to Engage Difficult Employees in Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Sep 23, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Reporting Safety Hazards Is Not Enough?

For most aviation service providers, the simple act of getting employees to report potential safety hazards is a constant challenge.

Expectations of the majority of employees are:

  • Showing up to work (on-time in some cultures);
  • Collecting the paycheck (on-time is preferable); and
  • Expecting employers to provide a safe workplace.
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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

How to Sell Aviation SMS to All Employees - Improving Safety Cultures

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Aug 21, 2019 5:17:00 AM

Three Ways to Encourage Participation in Your Aviation SMS

Many aviation service providers struggle with overcoming the difficulty of increasing participation and buy-in for their aviation safety management system (SMS). However, increasing participation in the SMS doesn’t have to be difficult. After all, it is not rocket science.

Employees in your organization will be much more likely to participate if you design your SMS to be:

  • Inclusive – make sure all employees understand their role in the SMS;
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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

4 Ways to Know You Are Qualified to Be an Aviation Safety Officer

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 15, 2019 6:17:00 AM

Certification vs. Qualification

Last year my wife went to the dentist to have a filling put into one of her teeth. She had severe pain for several days, went back to the dentist, and found out that he had put the filling in backward. He replaced it with a new filling but the next day it fell out of her tooth.

We chose a different dentist this time around.

We’ve all experienced this – you go to the doctor, dentist, etc., and it becomes painfully obvious very quickly that the person working on you should have chosen a different career.

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

Why Money Is More Important than Safety in Aviation Safety Cultures

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Jul 5, 2019 6:03:00 AM

The Money Hungry Industry of Aviation

From what I have gathered over the years, every company seems to operate in the same way, money before safety.

Companies will think to themselves “How can I make money while still being safe?”

The problem with this mindset is that the word money comes first. If it were switched to say “How can I be the most safe while still making money?” there wouldn’t be much of a problem.

Today’s safety culture in aviation depends on whether money is going to be made, which is quite sad.

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

How Aviation Safety Articles Satisfies Recurring SMS Training Requirements

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jul 2, 2019 6:07:00 AM

Aviation SMS Training Does Not Have to Break the Bank

In Phase 2 and Phase 4 of an ICAO compliant aviation safety management system (SMS), aviation service providers must

  • Deliver training relevant to reactive risk management processes; and
  • Develop training relevant to operational safety assurance.

SMS training requirements have both initial and recurrent components.

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

How Do Office Staff Participate in Aviation SMS?

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jun 28, 2019 6:03:00 AM

Common Question before Aviation SMS Implementations

I interact with safety managers and accountable executives as we provide consulting and database services for aviation service providers implementing formal aviation safety management systems (SMS).

Occasionally, I hear these groups saying, "We only want the pilots to participate in the SMS."

Worse yet, I'll see an airline with 4,000 employees telling me that only "20-40 people in the company are active in the aviation SMS,"

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

What Is Aviation Safety Training in Aviation SMS - Includes Videos to Use

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jun 20, 2019 6:19:00 AM

What Defines Aviation Safety Training

Aviation safety training and education is an essential building block to develop performant safety cultures. This should be among the first elements to scrutinize whenever employees are involved in safety accidents or incidents.

Safety training and education falls under the Safety Promotion component in the 4 Pillars of Aviation SMS. Safety training can make or break the successful performance of an SMS program for:

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion, Risk Management Training

What Should Your Aviation Safety Culture Look Like [Free Checklists]

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Jun 19, 2019 6:01:00 AM

Safety Culture More than Policies and Procedures

In some places within the aviation industry, people believe that “safety culture” looks like a lot of rules and regulations. It looks like “the man” or a bunch of nerdy pencil pushers.

I don’t believe that’s what our safety culture does or should look like. I believe safety cultures in the aviation industry can look like so much more.

  • It should look more like a community.
  • It should look like a team.
  • It should look like a family.
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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

How to Get Employees Participating in Safety Reporting - Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jun 2, 2019 6:04:00 AM

A Reporting Culture Is a Just Culture

Workers’ participation in aviation safety management systems (SMS) comes down to one word: reporting.

When workers are reporting, it demonstrates three things:

  • That they trust the SMS that is in place
  • Cultivation of Just Culture in the workplace
  • That the aviation safety officer is doing his job well

But as we are well aware, creating a hazard reporting culture has several powerful enemies, namely

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

How Money Shapes Safety Culture in Aviation SMS

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Apr 29, 2019 6:02:00 AM

How Money Can Affect the Way We Think about Safety

I find myself being an unsafe pilot all of the time, and so do many other pilots. Not in the sense of breaking safety regulations, such as flight and duty times, but by pushing personal limits.

Sometimes we pilots slander the IMSAFE checklist and push it to the side when preparing for a flight knowing:

  • we did not sleep well the night before,
  • have not eaten very nutritiously lately, and
  • have been in class far too long to be in a plane for multiple hours.
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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

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