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What Is Safety Culture in Aviation Risk Management

Posted by Christopher Howell on Nov 26, 2019 6:01:00 AM

Definition of Safety Culture in Aviation Risk Management

Safety culture in aviation safety management systems (SMS) is usually defined as being the safety attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and values of employees in an organization. Unfortunately, such a high-level, conceptual definition of safety culture does not help safety manager address core personnel challenges in your organization's SMS.

In much of the SMS guidance material pushed out by regulatory agencies and standards setting bodies,

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How to Trend Safety Culture Using Safety Reporting System

Posted by Christopher Howell on Sep 25, 2019 6:17:00 AM

Aviation SMS Success Dependent on Safety Culture

Whether safety professionals or upper management like it or not, a successful aviation safety management system (SMS) is dependent on safety culture. This fact hold true for every aviation industry segment, including:

  • airlines;
  • airports;
  • maintenance organizations, etc.
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Understanding Mandatory and Voluntary Safety Reporting in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jun 10, 2019 5:52:00 AM

What Are Mandatory and Voluntary Safety Reporting Policies

Mandatory and voluntary safety reporting policies are an extremely important part of providing guidance for safety reporting in aviation safety management systems (SMS). Yet, we rarely see these policies published and communicated in aviation SMS implementations.

A mandatory and voluntary reporting policy (or policies) outline what types of safety issues employees:

  • MUST report as soon as they are identified; and
  • CAN report, but are not obligated to do so, as they are identified.
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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:

  • Names of people involved;
  • Department names;
  • Locations;
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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
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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:

  • Score is on a scale from 0 – 25
  • Lower number is better, indicating less resistance
  • Higher number is worse, indicating higher resistance
  • Read through each section of this article, learning about the each piece of resistance
  • Perform the exercise in each section and notate your score
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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.

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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.

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 who are not directly involved can view information like:

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Topics: Safety Culture

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