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Safety Chart: How to Find Bureaucratic Weakness in Business Processes - Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Apr 14, 2019 6:29:00 AM

Why #Policies Involved In Issues Charts Matter for Your Aviation SMS

Operational policies and procedures are the bureaucratic backbone to the success of every organization. The policies and procedures are the recipe, or secret sauce that your company uses to deliver its product or service.

The purpose of every aviation safety management system (SMS), besides to obviously improve levels of system safety, is to improve operational processes to a point where risk is mitigated as low as reasonably practical (ALARP). The most practical approach to achieve this goal is for the industry, as a whole, to adopt standards that manage risk in a formal, structured, proven risk management process.

As operators improve their operational processes, systemic risk is logically reduced. A most powerful approach to improve your processes in the shortest time possible is to actively and continuously monitor your policies and procedures.

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How to Monitor Aviation SMS Performance - Safety Chart

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

Which Safety Charts Help Accountable Executives the Most?

In aviation safety management systems (SMS), the accountable executive is responsible for ensuring their SMS is both:

  • implemented according to regulatory standards; and
  • performing in all areas of the organization.

To ensure the SMS is performing as designed, accountable executives should be regularly reviewing organizational safety performance. When substandard safety performance is detected, it is the accountable executive's responsibility to bring the SMS into compliance.

Performance monitoring charts assist accountable executives to make decisions based on available data. What chart(s) should your accountable executive be reviewing?

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What Is Offline Hazard Reporting in Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Apr 1, 2019 6:01:00 AM

Everyone Understands Hazard Reporting

Every aviation safety professional has heard of a "hazard reporting system" in regards to aviation safety management systems (SMS). You may call your hazard reporting system by another name, such as safety reporting system, but the purpose of the system remains the same: allow stakeholders to communicate safety information to safety teams which will use the information to manage risk.

The intent of hazard reporting goes beyond merely hazard identification in a fully implemented aviation SMS.

Safety managers are constantly urging employees to report any:

  • Accident;
  • Incident (including close calls); or
  • Irregularity (which is commonly a hazard).
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Safety Chart: How to Track Your Aviation SMS Implementation

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 24, 2019 7:00:00 AM

Why This Aviation SMS Implementation Chart Is Important

As you probably already well know, implementing aviation safety management systems (SMS) is a big deal for most aviation service providers around the world – both in terms of accounting for all of an SMS' moving parts, as well as trying to get all of the moving parts moving in the direction of progress.

While it’s easy for aviation safety managers to start off their SMS implementation ready and motivated, SMS implementations are marathons, not sprints. Keeping track of where your organization is with the SMS implementation process can become challenging without real-time performance monitoring charts. One such chart is the SMS implementation tracking chart. This chart is small enough to fit into an SMS' central performance monitoring dashboard. This allows managers to easily remain updated as to progress, or lack of progress in the SMS.

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Safety Chart: How to Discover Most Common Safety Issue in Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Mar 23, 2019 7:00:00 AM

Why Linked Safety Issues Chart Is Important

Compliance in aviation safety management systems (SMS) will become universally consistent for the most part. Sure, there will be regions where regulatory oversight remains inconsistent, but we'll not consider those operators at this time.

During SMS implementation, each operator will need to adapt its operations to embrace changes in "how they do business" to meet SMS requirements. While SMS requirements are basically the same across the world, how they are implemented varies from operator to operator, depending mostly on size and  operational complexity.

An SMS implementation must be aligned with organizational goals and objectives. What does that really mean?

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3 Levels of Aviation SMS Operational Excellence

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 14, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Aviation SMS Structure Is the Backbone of a Safety Program

The management of aviation safety is a shared responsibility among all levels (i.e., stakeholders) of an organization.

Top management has to set the basis for establishing

  • safety culture,
  • safety policy,
  • protections to employees, and
  • the structure for controlling risk.

Middle management is delegated with tasks to ensure the organizational aviation safety management system (SMS) goals and objectives align with senior management's organizational goals . And the actual work behind an aviation SMS' risk management processes happens at the ground level with the behavior of employees. Employees are safety performance monitors, remaining ever vigilant of hazards and reporting potential safety concerns as they are identified.

From the bottom up, every employee has his/her duties to satisfy operational safety performance.

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Safety Chart: How Effective Is Hazard Identification Training in Aviation SMS?

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 10, 2019 7:00:00 AM

Aviation SMS New Employee Integration Time

The oil industry, which in terms of safety standards is rather similar to the aviation industry, provides a great example with its statistic that over 50% of all accidents are caused by employees with less than 1 year of experience in their current work environment.

When airlines, airports, and other aviation service providers hire new employees, those employees pose a significant risk so long as they are unfamiliar with their new:

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Safety Chart: How to Monitor Aviation Risk Management Priorities Using Heat Maps

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 8, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Monitor SMS Performance in Real Time

 Safety teams and the accountable executive are expected to regularly review the performance of their implemented aviation safety management system (SMS). A regular review of the SMS is important to ensure that any substandard safety performance is addressed in a timely fashion.

Most aviation service providers are storing their SMS data in SMS databases. An SMS database provides the accountable executive with an efficient way to monitor SMS performance in real time. Otherwise, safety data will be in spreadsheets and paper that are not readily accessible to senior management. Consequently, senior management has little assurance that safety issues are being addressed according to policy.

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How to Monitor Aviation SMS Responsiveness Using Safety Charts

Posted by Christopher Howell on Mar 5, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Importance of SMS Performance Monitoring Charts

Aviation safety charts gather and present aviation safety management system (SMS) information to stakeholders, who can then use this information to make informed, fact-based decisions. Well-designed safety charts can take a complex idea and make it easily understandable with a simple picture, table, chart or graph. In this case, the "report" behind the safety chart could easily be worth more than a thousand words.

A common challenge accountable executives and senior management have is monitoring the performance of their implemented SMS. Regular SMS performance monitoring is an important responsibility for every accountable executive, as they are responsible to address substandard safety performance whenever it is identified.

Management will therefore need to measure SMS performance in order to identify performance shortcomings.

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How to Monitor Aviation Safety Reporting Culture Using Safety Charts

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 3, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Aviation Safety Chart Monitors Safety Goals and Objectives

Safety reporting metrics are among the best indicators to judge the performance of any aviation safety management system (SMS). This is such a very powerfully poignant statement. Let that sink in:

"Safety reporting metrics are among the best indicators to judge the performance of any aviation safety management system (SMS)."

When an inspector or an SMS consultant reviews your safety reporting numbers, they can draw some amazing inferences, including:

  • How effective are SMS' safety promotion efforts?
  • Is management participating& in the SMS?
  • Is the safety culture improving or simply stagnating?
  • Does upper management provide adequate oversight?
  • What are the chances of this operator suffering from "The Accident?"
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