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15 Most Important Keywords in Safety Management Systems (SMS)

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 6, 2019 6:06:00 PM

Importance of Keywords in Aviation SMS

Keywords in Aviation Safety Management Systems (SMS) are the most important words that new or experienced aviation safety professionals need to know. Usage of the correct terminology in the aviation industry is important for stakeholders to understand particular contexts in which safety events may occur and also any nuances that may cloud definitions due to regional differences or the introduction of unfamiliar technology.

SMS keywords are not just for safety personnel, but rather for all people who interact with the SMS' risk management system, including:

  • Accountable executives;
  • Operational department heads;
  • Safety inspectors in quality assurance departments;
  • Regulatory compliance auditors; and
  • Line employees exposed to operational hazards.
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Topics: Risk Management Training

Learn Why Initial SMS Training is So Crucial for Aviation SMS Success

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 20, 2019 5:53:00 AM

What Initial SMS Training Is, and How It’s Different

Since November 2006, most aviation service providers have been required to implement formal aviation safety management systems (SMS). In order to assure compliance, aviation SMS oversight is provided by:

  • Regional civil aviation authorities;
  • Standards setting bodies (IATA, IS-BAO, Flight Safety Foundation, etc.); and
  • Customers requiring SMS implementations from their vendors.

Aviation SMS oversight is conducted by quality assurance auditors using pre-defined, industry-accepted checklists that align with SMS regulatory requirements. Auditors use these checklists in their SMS audits, assessments and evaluations. A common question operators hear from SMS auditors is whether employees:

  • are aware of the implemented aviation SMS; and
  • have been trained in hazard identification, safety reporting processes and the purpose of the aviation SMS implementation?
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Topics: Risk Management Training

How to Perform Risk Analysis in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 7, 2019 5:15:00 AM

What Are You Looking for When Performing Risk Analysis

During the risk management process in an aviation safety management system (SMS), one of the expected tasks is to analyze risk of hazards associated with

  • reported safety issues;
  • audit findings; and
  • proposed operational changes.

When you perform risk analysis on whatever type of a safety issue in aviation SMS, your goal is to understand how and why the underlying issue effects risk exposure in your organization. Understanding how and why an issue effects risk exposure is the logical step that leads to being able assess how much it affects risk exposure.

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Topics: Risk Management Training

Tips to Automate Aviation SMS Training for Initial/Recurrent Requirements (Free Resources)

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 4, 2019 6:03:00 AM

Benefits of Automated SMS Training for Initial and Recurrent Training Requirements

During the implementation of formal aviation safety management systems (SMS), service providers are expected to develop and deliver SMS training to employees in every implementation phase except the first phase. For example:

  • Phase II: Deliver training relevant to reactive risk management processes;
  • Phase III: Deliver training relevant to reactive risk management processes; and
  • Phase IV: Develop training relevant to operational safety assurance.
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Topics: Risk Management Training

5 Signs of Good Aviation Risk Management Training

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 12, 2019 5:07:00 AM

Recognizing Good Aviation Risk Management Training Is Crucial

Having good aviation risk management training is perhaps one of the most important ways to improve safety in your organization.

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Topics: Risk Management Training

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 Are Hazardous Sources

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 17, 2019 7:00:00 AM

What Is a Hazard

A hazard in aviation risk management is a condition that poses danger to your organization, and can lead to safety incidents if not mitigated. Hazards are central to the entire risk management process. Often, hazards are either confused with risks (i.e., accidents) and hazardous sources. We will explore what hazardous sources are and how they differ from hazards in this article.

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Topics: Risk Management Training

Aviation Safety Management Training Made Simple

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 27, 2019 6:15:00 AM

What Is Safety Management Training

Don’t confuse safety management training with “training for managers in a safety program.” They are not the same thing.

Safety management training is simply any safety training whose goal is to allow employees to better manage their own safety and the safety of others around them.

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Topics: Risk Management Training

When Employees Need More Hazard Identification Training - Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Mar 13, 2019 6:19:00 AM

Misconceptions about Hazard Identification Training in SMS

Hazard Identification Training is not just for aviation safety officers.

Every area of an organization is exposed to different types of hazards, including, but not limited to:

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Topics: Risk Management Training

Career Advice for Aspiring Aviation Safety Managers

Posted by Dr. Bob Baron on Dec 14, 2018 6:03:00 AM

Frequent Requests for Aviation Safety Manager Advice

We often receive questions from aviation professionals who are interested in pursuing a career as a Safety Manager.

This article should help to answer some of the most common questions.

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Topics: Risk Management Training

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