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How to Show Employees That Your Aviation SMS Is Effective

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 11, 2019 5:09:00 AM

Benefits of Showing Employees That Your SMS Is Effective

Showing employees that your SMS is effective is simply building your case for the SMS. That being said, there are several prerequisites for being able to show employees that your SMS is effective:

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

What Good Aviation Safety Leadership Looks Like

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 9, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Aviation Safety Leadership Is NOT Safety Management

Aviation safety managers and departments heads are tasked with delivering aviation safety management AND safety leadership capabilities.

“Leadership” and “management” are often used interchangeably both in speech and action, but contrary to common practice they are NOT the same thing.

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

Best Aviation Safety Newsletter Strategies for Aviation SMS

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

The Goal of Good Safety Newsletters

The first and foremost goal of an aviation safety newsletter is safety promotion for an organization's aviation safety management system (SMS). Which, put more simply, means creating an interest and awareness in anything safety.

More broadly, safety promotion is a method of shifting focus towards aviation safety to encourage and train employees to identify hazards and report safety issues.

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

Privacy, Transparency, and Confidentiality in Aviation Safety Management

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 6, 2019 5:24:00 AM

What are Responsibility, Confidentiality, and Privacy in Aviation Safety Management

In aviation safety management, responsibility, confidentiality, and privacy are the triad that affect how you handle reported safety information. Whether your organization is large or small, your leadership team needs to discuss these factors and decide how to handle them.

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion, Quality-Safety Management

Cultivating Teamwork and Communication in Aviation SMS - with Free Resources

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 17, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Quality Leadership Stimulates Teamwork

A mature, effective aviation safety management system (SMS) will always incorporate imaginative ways to stimulate teamwork and good communication between employees.

It’s a tricky area though because teamwork and communication are beset by:

  • Poor interpersonal relationships;
  • Different teamwork needs;
  • Cultural differences; and
  • Separate problem-solving strategies
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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion, Safety Culture

How Top Management Kills Aviation Safety Culture - with Examples

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jan 13, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Managers Drive Employee Actions toward Aviation SMS

I am guessing that every accountable executive you speak to will honestly profess to support their aviation safety management system (SMS). After all, the alternative would be that top management only cares about making money and not doing everything reasonably practical to improve safety.

Signs that top management doesn't support their SMS include:

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

5 Characteristics of Effective Aviation Safety Cultures - with Free Survey

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 13, 2018 11:42:00 AM

Understanding What Aviation Safety Culture Is

“Safety culture” is a phrase that gets thrown around a lot in aviation safety management systems (SMS) as a vague reference to different aspects of safety.

Understanding the meaning of aviation safety culture is less a practice in philosophy as it is recognition of what it looks like in actual practice for:

  • Safety management’s responsibility;
  • Employees’ responsibilities;
  • Management-employee relationships;
  • Employee actions when nobody is watching; and
  • The structure of an aviation SMS.
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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

How to Be Compliant with ICAO Training and Education Requirements

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 12, 2018 4:52:00 AM

ICAO Requirements for Training and Education

ICAO’s requirements for training and education are largely focused around ensuring that you train and document all employees in your organization on core SMS and safety information. It specific in its guidance documentation that role-based training is important. It also recommends that you have specific training for different tiers in your organization.

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

Indicators of Good Hazard Reporting Culture

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 14, 2018 4:03:00 AM

What Aviation SMS Needs for Successful Hazard Reporting

Aviation safety management systems (SMS) needs input from three levels of your organization to be successful. Without total involvement of your company, hazard reporting will fail.

The three levels of your company and their corresponding responsibility for setting up a successful hazard reporting program are:

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion, Safety Culture

Why Employees Don't Care about Your Aviation SMS - and How to Fix it!

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 30, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Apathy: The SMS Killer

Apathy is the bane of any aviation safety management system (SMS).

Apathy is the most insidious kind of resistance any aviation safety manager will face. It can take many forms, such as:

  • Lack of budget approval
  • Lack of participation
  • Poor safety reporting numbers
  • Lack of accident improvement
  • Lack of SMS maturation
  • Resistance to change via doggedly following old procedures

The list goes on.

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

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