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10 Best Ways to Promote Safety in Your Aviation SMS [With Free Checklist]

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 25, 2018 4:03:00 AM

Why Managers Struggle with Safety Promotion

Safety Promotion is definitely the least appreciated of the 4 Pillars of SMS.

Almost without fail, promoting safety takes the “back seat” in most aviation safety programs because civil aviation authorities and auditors are significantly more interested in seeing that you comply with:

  • Safety Policy,
  • Safety Risk Management, and
  • Safety Assurance.
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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion

How to Best Monitor Fatigue in Your Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 24, 2018 4:30:00 AM

Why Fatigue Monitoring Matters

Fatigue is the sixth of the Dirty Dozen Human Factors.

Fatigue has traditionally received a lot of attention for flight crew due to the dramatic effects of the different types of fatigue have on pilot and cabin crew performance.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

What is Management of Change in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 23, 2018 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.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance, 2-Safety Risk Management

4 Ways to Mitigate Risk in Aviation Safety Management Systems

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 18, 2018 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:

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

What Are Most Important Things to Know About Hazard Reporting in SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 17, 2018 5:56:00 AM

Hazard Reporting More Than Just Hazards

“Hazard reporting” is a bit of a misnomer because employees report much more than hazards. Hazards are simply one type of thing that people report. Perhaps a more accurate expression for hazard reporting would be “issue reporting.”

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

8 Charts to Monitor Safety Culture Performance in Safety Management Systems (SMS)

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 16, 2018 5:51:00 AM

Types of Aviation Safety Culture

While it is normal to say that safety culture is something you should pay attention to, it might better to say that safety culture are things you should pay attention to.

Safety culture in aviation organizations is more than just one thing. There are multiple “types” of safety culture.

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How to Distinguish Hazard vs Risk Occurrence

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 12, 2018 5:57:00 AM

Why Identifying Difference Between Hazards and Risks Matters

One of biggest problems in aviation risk management is the misuse or misunderstanding of aviation risk management definitions and concepts. The most common mistakes happen when it comes to the idea of a hazard vs risk.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

How to Identify Hazards in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 11, 2018 6:30:00 AM

What is a Hazard

Hazards are central to the entire process of developing safe operational environments.

A hazard fulfills the following:

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

What Issues Employees Should Be Reporting in Your SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 10, 2018 5:57:00 AM

Goals for Hazard Reporting

Knowing what issues employees should be reporting in your SMS requires you to always keep the primary goals of hazard reporting in mind:

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

More Than Dirty: Advanced Use of Human Factors in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 9, 2018 5:31:00 AM

Human Factors in Aviation SMS: Beyond the “Dirty”

Unfortunately, the concept of Human Factors in aviation SMS has historically carried an undeniable, negative impression about the role of human in safety issues (as well as other issues).

Just consider the synonymous term associated with Human Factors: "The Dirty Dozen.”

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