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Should Reported Safety Issues Be Confidential in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 30, 2019 4:45:00 AM

What Is Confidentiality in Aviation SMS

Confidentiality in aviation SMS is how much personal information is included in available safety reports and concerns. When safety issues are reported, employees may or may not have access to details about the reported issue. When employees do have access, or when you release information about a reported issue, you will need to decide if employees can see information like:

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Topics: Safety Culture

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

These challenges to harmonious work-relationships make the treatment of this subject more difficult. You will not find easy, cut and dry answers to address most teamwork and communication challenges.

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion, Safety Culture

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

How Employees Should Be Participating in Your SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 29, 2018 4:39:00 AM

What is Participation in Your SMS

Employee participation in your aviation SMS is critical to its maintainability. We this over and over, where the SMS is being pushed by one person and when that person leaves the program falls apart.

One of the primary goals of generating good involvement is creating a sustainable SMS.

Participation is a word that is often lost on service providers.

  • What does it mean?
  • What does it look like?
  • How do I know if my SMS has it?
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Topics: Safety Culture

Checklist to Quantify Resistance to Your Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 17, 2018 4:45:00 AM

How to Quantify Resistance to Your SMS Using This Article

Grab a spare pen and paper so you can write down some notes. What we are looking for is a total score. It works like this:

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Topics: Safety Culture

Why Transparency Promotes Safety Culture in Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Oct 14, 2018 10:59:00 AM

Transparency, a Hot Topic:

In recent years, managerial concerns surrounding organizational transparency have become extremely important at all levels of industry and government. So important in fact, that most sensational news stories in recent years - namely Edward Snowden, Wikileaks, the Sony Hack, Bradley Manning - are issues of organizational transparency.

For individuals who defend transparency, we even have a name that has acquired the show-stopping power of words like "terrorist" and "hero," or "whistleblower."

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Topics: Safety Culture

Confidentiality in Aviation Safety Management

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 11, 2018 4:09:00 AM

What is Confidentiality in Aviation SMS

Confidentiality in aviation SMS refers to how much personal information should be made available to your organization. By personal information, we are mainly talking about personal information in safety reports, such as people involved or the name of the reporter.

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Topics: Safety Culture

5 Ways to Constantly Improve Safety Culture

Posted by Nichole Kruger on Oct 2, 2018 5:53:00 AM

Why Is Safety Culture So Important?

In many of today's articles about aviation safety management systems, there is something about safety culture. Why? Safety culture ties into every part of your SMS, feeding it as your SMS nurtures your safety culture in return.

It’s a symbiotic relationship, like honeybees and flowers. Each one needs the other to grow and thrive. When your safety culture thrives, your SMS is easier to build and maintain.

So, how do we feed our safety culture in our day-to-day operations?

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What Is Safety Culture in Your Aviation SMS?

Posted by Mario Pierobon on Sep 28, 2018 4:46:00 AM

What Is Safety Culture?

Safety culture is a set of values that a company has in relation to safety and is one of the main characteristics that distinguish one company from other companies.

Some industrial sectors, such as aviation, require a level of safety culture which is higher than in other sectors.

The maturity of the safety culture sometimes depends on the type of business, but this does not mean that industrial sectors, which should have and have a higher level of safety culture, cannot improve. As a matter of fact, safety culture can always be improved.

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Topics: Safety Culture

How to Overcome Iceberg of Ignorance in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 26, 2018 5:06:00 AM

What is the Iceberg of Ignorance

The Iceberg of Ignorance was first developed in 1989 by a consultant named Sidney Yoshida. The Iceberg of Ignorance is a model that addressed concerns about safety awareness in large organizations. This model contends that of all problems:

  • Only 4% of problems are known to upper managers;
  • Only 9% of problems are known to middle managers;
  • 74% of problems are known to supervisors; and
  • 100% of problems are known to staff and front-line employees.
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Topics: Safety Culture

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