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Pros and Cons of Fishbone Diagrams in Aviation SMS Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 8, 2017 6:06:00 AM

What is a Fishbone Diagram for Aviation Safety Programs

Fishbone diagrams are a lesser known but very effective risk management tool in aviation SMS programs. Fishbone diagrams get their name because of their fish like appearance, with several fins and a head. Each “fin” or “branch” of a fishbone diagram describes a different element of the safety issue, such as “Man” and “Machine.” The head describes the Top Event (also known as Risk Event, the point at which safety control is lost).

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Understanding Aviation Risk Management Workflows - It's the Details

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jan 5, 2017 6:01:00 AM

Aviation Risk Management Software Frightens You

One of the most frustrating and perhaps frightening aspects of learning sophisticated, full-featured risk management solutions is the complexity and understanding the workflow. How does it work?

  • User reports an issue;
  • Somebody gets notified by email;
  • Another person looks at the report;
  • Somebody does the risk assessment....

STOP! It doesn't make sense. Slow down and talk to me like I'm a fourth grader.

Alright, I'm here to help you understand some basics and hopefully make you a better consumer of aviation risk management software. And while you become a better consumer, I'm hoping you'll become a more effective safety manager.

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Understanding Offline Hazard Reporting in Aviation SMS Programs

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jan 3, 2017 6:01:00 AM

Everyone Understands Hazard Reporting

Every aviation safety professional has heard of hazard reporting in regards to aviation safety management systems (SMS). The intent of hazard reporting goes beyond hazard identification in a true SMS program. Safety managers are constantly urging employees to report any:

  • Accident;
  • Incident; or 
  • Irregularity (which is commonly a hazard).

Hazard reporting forms have evolved from paper-based to the almost ubiquitous online reporting form. From what I've seen, approximately 50% of online hazard reporting forms are directly tied to the aviation risk management database. This is a huge inefficiency, but we'll tackle this in another post.

I'm now assuming you know what a hazard reporting form is. Until recently, I assumed everyone intuitively understood what is an "offline hazard reporting form" and how it relates to their aviation SMS database.

I was wrong. Let's clarify this so you completely understand offline hazard reporting should the topic arise.

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Aviation Safety Chart: Monitor Reported Safety Issues

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 21, 2016 6:05:00 AM

Why This Aviation Safety Chart Is Important

Having real time aviation safety charts saves aviation safety managers, executives, and employees a lot of log work on the aviation SMS software side of their SMS program.

Having access to real-time safety charts allows you monitor your SMS program at a glance, rather than having to navigate through your software or aviation safety database to find the information that you need. Over long periods, this saved time will add up.

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Why Include Vendors in Aviation Safety Programs

Posted by Christopher Howell on Dec 13, 2016 5:55:00 AM

Vendors Are Part of Aviation Safety Programs

Safety managers often become so engrossed in SMS activities that they overlook vendors, subcontractors and business partners. These associated organizations also fall under scrutiny when the SMS auditors come to assess regulatory and/or contractual compliance with SMS requirements.

This article discusses how to involve your vendors in your aviation SMS program and why you should be performing safety assessments on your vendors.

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Safety Chart: Prioritize Critically Overdue Tasks in Aviation SMS Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 16, 2016 6:02:00 AM

Why Overdue Items Safety Chart is Important

No aviation safety program is perfect.

Safety issues, corrective and  preventive actions will inevitably “fall through the cracks” and become overdue while being managed. Problems arise when safety issues and other safety items fall critically behind. This exposes an organization to:

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Safety Chart: Aviation SMS Program Task Management

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 19, 2016 6:11:00 AM

What is Task Management in Aviation Risk Management

Task management in every aviation SMS program is extremely important.

Every employee needs to stay on top of corrective actions and preventive actions to ensure that nothing “falls through the cracks.”

When you are not actively monitoring items that are assigned to you, it’s all too easy to simply overlook them. To quote Orwell, “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.”

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Safety chart: Bureaucratic Weakness In Your Aviation SMS Program

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 28, 2016 6:29:00 AM

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

Aviation related policies are the bureaucratic backbone of any aviation SMS program

Risk management policies will be the hub for both prescriptive documentation as well as documents specific to the aviation SMS program.

During safety audits, the adequacy and currency of your policies will be thoroughly analyzed. Policies and procedures will spell out all-important elements of high quality risk management and mature safety culture like:

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Safety Chart: How Efficient Is Aviation SMS Management

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 14, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Why Overdue Issues and CPAs Chart is Important

The Overdue Issue and CPAs Chart is very useful in your organization, and if it is available I highly recommend aviation SMS management keeps it close at hand.

This chart measures two things:

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Safety Chart: Maintain Monthly Aviation SMS Hazard Reporting Goals

Posted by Tyler Britton on Aug 31, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Why Hazard Reporting Matters

Hazard reporting in aviation SMS programs is the backbone of any safety program’s performance.

Every aviation safety program depends upon hazard reports for settings goals, determining Key Performance Indicators, and implementing relevant risk controls.

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