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What Is Aviation Safety Management

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jan 18, 2023 1:16:00 PM

Do We All Know What Is Aviation Safety Management?

Aviation service providers coordinate materials and activities of their core business model in order to achieve desired objectives. These objectives vary by industry segment type, including:

  • Manufacturing;
  • Aircraft maintenance;
  • Transporting cargo and passengers;
  • Aircraft fueling operations;
  • Baggage and ramp handling services;
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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

LOSA Observer Training/Calibration: Why It’s Important

Posted by Dr. Bob Baron on Jan 11, 2023 6:00:00 AM

Problems with Invalid LOSA Observations

Many airlines that conduct LOSA’s internally have been confronted with a problem that has significantly affected the validity of their observations.

The problem has to do with observer calibration.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How Mistakes Improve Aviation SMS Processes - Lessons Learned Library

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 4, 2023 6:00:00 AM

Mistakes Are an Opportunity

In any industry, there are bound to be mistaken. Mistakes can be either willful or unintentional, but are equally dangerous to aviation safety.

In aviation, unintentional mistakes can lead to devastating accidents, an outcome that we hope to prevent by implementing Safety Management Systems (SMS) in our organizations.

Aviation SMS implementations are expected to reduce both direct and indirect costs associated with accidents and minor incidents.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

What Is Management of Change in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 28, 2022 5:48:00 AM

What Is Management of Change in Aviation SMS

Management of change in aviation SMS is a formal process for facilitating changes in safety programs. In general, the change management process is evoked when larger, system-level changes are needed in the SMS.

Small changes are handled with corrective actions.

The basic tenants of management of change in aviation SMS are:

  • Airlines, airports, and other aviation service providers establish a formal, repeatable process for change;
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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance, 2-Safety Risk Management

30 Good Questions for Safety Surveys in Aviation SMS [With Free Resources]

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 21, 2022 4:33:00 AM

Benefits of Safety Surveys

Safety surveys give you insight into the relationship between your employees and your aviation safety program, which includes:

  • The SMS;
  • Safety management; and
  • Aspects of safety culture.

Importantly, safety surveys provide quantifiable data.

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Topics: Safety Culture

How to Create Safety Objectives in Aviation SMS with Examples

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 14, 2022 6:19:00 AM

What Are Safety Objectives in Aviation SMS

Safety objectives in aviation SMS are the markers your safety program uses to assess whether or not your safety goals are being achieved. Your safety objectives will be the basis for how you measure safety performance.

Creating safety objectives is one of the most important tasks for setting yourself up to make good safety decisions and to monitor the performance of the SMS.

Important elements to point out when discussing what safety objectives are in aviation SMS are:

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

4 Ways to Mitigate Risk in Aviation Safety Management Systems

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 7, 2022 5:52:00 AM

What Does It Mean to Mitigate Risk?

The term “mitigate risk” and “risk mitigation” is slightly misleading. This is because the meaning of the term “risk” changes depending on the context in which it is used.

Confusion also exists because different safety experts have different understandings of what “risk” means.

Risk can mean:

  • The composite likelihood and severity of something happening, as in “The risk of…”;
  • A specific occurrence that is bad/undesirable, as in a “risk occurrence.”
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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

Difference between Threat and Hazard in Safety Management

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 30, 2022 4:23:00 AM

What Is a Hazard

A hazard in safety management is a condition that poses danger to your organization, and can lead to an accident, incident, or other mishap if not mitigates.

A hazard satisfies ALL of the following conditions:

  • Is a dangerous condition, such as an object, situation, circumstance, that poses an unacceptable level of danger;
  • Occurs once in the safety mishap lifecycle;
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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Most Common Misconceptions about Aviation SMS Training

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 23, 2022 6:07:00 AM

1st Step to Improve Aviation SMS Training

Improving aviation safety management systems (SMS) training effectiveness is as much about understanding what it is as what it is not.

Misconceptions about aviation SMS training can have wide-ranging negative effects in an SMS implementation. This becomes increasingly disturbing when one considers how poor SMS training can destroy a safety culture, which is among the most single important elements of every aviation SMS

For example, safety managers who do not understand the best uses for aviation safety training cause:

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Topics: Risk Management Training

Best Ways to Use Safety Articles in Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Nov 16, 2022 6:01:00 AM

Aviation SMS Require Regular Safety Communications

Routine work may dull your alertness.

Careless or inattentive attitudes may soon replace the caution that existed when your job was new and interesting.

Without some periodic reawakening to the ever-present hazards in the aviation environment, lethargy deepens, and chances of accidents occurring increase without us even being aware of the risk.

You may not always recognize the importance of recurring safety training. Yet, this training benefits us all in many ways.

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

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