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5 Essential Safety Performance Monitoring Tools in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 8, 2018 6:24:00 AM

What is Safety Performance Monitoring in Aviation SMS

Safety performance monitoring in aviation SMS is the primary way you will assess your safety program. This assessment happens in two different ways:

  • Passively, such as in the case of high, system level performance monitoring; and
  • Actively, such as in the case of daily performance monitoring of safety issues and issue management.

So, when we talk about “safety performance monitoring,” we need to always specify whether we are talking about passive or active performance monitoring if the context is not clear.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How to Automatically Monitor Key Performance Indicators in Aviation SMS Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 3, 2018 5:19:00 AM

What Is a KPI in Aviation SMS Programs

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), also called SPIs (Safety Performance Indicators), are data metrics that indicate the baseline performance of your SMS program for managing safety. The term Key Performance Indicators are indicative of the scope of KPIs:

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Topics: Key Performance Indicators

How to Switch Your SMS Program

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 27, 2017 5:59:00 AM

What Does It Mean to “Switch” SMS Program

If you’re reading this, it means you are considering or curious about what it takes to switch your safety management system. But, what are we talking about when we say “switch” your SMS program. There are a couple of possible scenarios that you should consider:

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation

What an Aviation Operational Risk Profile Looks Like in Real SMS Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 20, 2017 6:18:00 AM

What is an SMS Operational Risk Profile (ORP)

Under the umbrella of many SMS compliance agencies, an operational risk profile (ORP) is a requirement that is the core of your hazard, risk, and control measure accountability. That’s another way of saying that all risk mitigation “resources” are identified in your ORP.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

What Continuous Improvement Compliance Looks Like in Real SMS Program

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 18, 2017 6:07:00 AM

What is Continuous Improvement in Aviation SMS

Continuous improvement in aviation SMS programs in the formal process by which safety programs correct substandard safety performances that have been identified. Correcting substandard performance has several basic elements:

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

Pros and Cons of In-House SMS Database and Off-the-Shelf-Solutions (COTS)

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 15, 2017 5:53:00 AM

Consider Your Business Needs

Ultimately, choosing between custom-built, in-house aviation SMS software and commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions comes down to three key considerations:

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Topics: Aviation SMS Database

What is Safety Culture in Aviation Risk Management

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 13, 2017 6:01:00 AM

Definition of Safety Culture in Aviation Risk Management

Safety culture in aviation SMS is usually defined as being the safety attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and values of employees in an organization. Unfortunately, such a high-level, conceptual understanding of what safety culture is does not help address safety culture in your organization. 

A better way to approach the question, what is safety culture, is to break it into multiple definitions based on how it works in safety management. 

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management

How to Create Safety Reports for SMS Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 11, 2017 5:36:00 AM

What are Safety Reports in SMS Programs?

Safety reports in SMS programs are your primary weapon for communicating safety information to stakeholders. Safety information will be catered to stakeholders.

Stakeholders are simply anyone who you need to communicate safety information to, such as:

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How to Assess Safety Issues in SMS Programs

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 6, 2017 5:41:00 AM

What is Risk Assessment in SMS

Risk Assessment in SMS programs are how you qualify, quantify, and rank exposure for reported safety issues. Risk assessments are absolutely central to decision making in airport SMS programs and airline SMS programs, as all actions performed on the safety issue depend on the initial and recurring risk assessments.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

All Corrective Preventative Actions Not Created Equal: Initial Mitigating Actions

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 4, 2017 5:55:00 AM

What are Corrective Preventative Actions (CPAs)

Corrective preventative actions are used to correct any undesirable element of your safety program. They are created in response to safety concerns, such as safety incidents, investigations, audits, etc. Their sole goal is to bring adverse elements of your SMS into an acceptable level of safety (ALoS). You might also see them called CAPAs (Corrective Actions, Preventative Actions).

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

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