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8 Stages of Safety Events in Aviation Risk Management Process

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jun 5, 2024 6:00:00 AM

Why Understand the Stages of Safety Events?

Understanding the fine lines between various stages of safety events in aviation risk management processes is extremely important.

Aviation safety management systems (SMS) have become so successful if not for the sole reason that they have taken an analytical, systematic approach to risk.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Despite Corruption, IATA Operational Safety Audits Enhance Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on May 29, 2024 6:00:00 AM

Aviation Safety Audits Are Not for Just Airlines

Aviation safety managers must be prepared for a never-ending chain of audits. This is a fact of life, whether you are working at:

  • Airlines;
  • Airports;
  • Ground handling companies;
  • Flight schools; or
  • Aviation maintenance organizations.
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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

What Is a Safety Manager in Aviation Safety Management Systems (SMS)?

Posted by Tyler Britton on May 22, 2024 5:45:00 AM

What Is an Aviation Safety Manager in an SMS Program?

The aviation safety manager (SM) is the individual charged with developing, monitoring, and improving the safety management system (SMS) of the service provider.

The safety manager acts as the primary reference point for safety management issues in the organization. Safety professionals must understand risk management processes and much more.

Appointing a safety manager is a crucial step in establishing the SMS' organizational structure and planning for the aviation SMS implementation.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Let’s Talk Human Factors: Distraction Is #4 of the Dirty Dozen

Posted by Renee Dupont-Adam on May 8, 2024 6:15:00 AM

What Are the Elements of Distraction Regarding Human Factors?

Whether you are a pilot or an aviation maintenance engineer, many tasks require focused attention to detail. It doesn't require a human factors training company to tell you that disastrous results may occur when workers are unable to maintain focus on their tasks.

Aviation safety managers must recognize how important a role distraction plays in their aviation safety management systems, particularly:

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Human Factors: Lack of Teamwork

Posted by Nichole Kruger on May 1, 2024 2:31:00 AM

Why Is Teamwork Important?

Teamwork is a word used often in the workplace. We’ve all heard that it’s important to work together. Why cover the same ground again?

Lack of teamwork can have serious safety consequences. In aviation, our jobs affect others. Even when we seem to be working on our own, our work ties into other parts of the operation.

Safety is part of being a good teammate and teamwork plays a key role in safety. As such, we all take on responsibility for being good teammates and keeping each other safe.

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

Six Ways to Improve Safety Culture in Aviation SMS

Posted by Aviation Safety Student on Apr 24, 2024 6:30:00 AM

Safety Management Systems Bore Most Employees

Unlike those who study and create safety management systems (SMS), to the average employee these programs can be boring.

It’s not that the average employees don’t value safety, it’s just that they need to see how these programs are beneficial to them personally.

So how can we change our safety culture and encourage participation in aviation safety management systems? Below are six ideas on how to get people involved:

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

What Good Hazard Reporting Process Look Like in Mature Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 17, 2024 6:00:00 AM

What Is the Hazard Reporting Process

Simply put, the hazard reporting process is the primary mode of data acquisition in aviation safety management systems (SMS). Being such, a poor hazard reporting process can literally break your SMS. If that sounds unrealistic, it’s not.

Without data:

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Topics: Aviation SMS Database

How to Create an Aviation SMS Audit Plan

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 10, 2024 6:30:00 AM

What Is an Internal Aviation SMS Audit

An internal aviation safety management system (SMS) audit is a process you used to verify that certain actions are taking place in your SMS.

Audits are a safety assurance activity that is most commonly used to broadly assess whether or not aviation service providers can demonstrate continuous improvement of the SMS.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

What Is Proactive Risk Management in Aviation SMS?

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 3, 2024 6:15:00 AM

Understand What Is Proactive Risk Management

Proactive safety management is often upheld as the second highest form of risk management after "predictive risk management." This is because being able to demonstrate proactive risk management activities generally doesn’t happen until an aviation safety management system (SMS) matures beyond Phase 2.

The primary goals of proactive management of safety are:

  • Identify precursors that lead to risk;
  • Identify threats before they become dangerous; and
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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How Often Should You Conduct Aviation SMS Audit

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 27, 2024 2:30:00 AM

What Is an Internal Aviation SMS Audit

An internal aviation SMS audit is how you evaluate any part of your SMS.

On the one hand, you use such audits to ensure that certain actions are taking place in your SMS, such as SRM operations or continuous improvement.

Safety programs with good audit processes have multiple processes. Each audit process will audit a different aspect of your aviation safety program, such as:

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

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