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Christopher Howell

Manage global operations for aviation safety management systems (SMS) software that facilitates regulatory compliance, such as ICAO, FAA, Transport Canada, IS-BAO. Manage software engineering support efforts to local Alaska businesses. Assist in design, implementation, testing and documentation of complex, three-tier Windows applications relying heavily upon secure Web services technology.
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Difference between Hazards, Risks & Control Measures in Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Mar 1, 2023 5:19:00 AM

Why You Need to Know the Difference between Hazards, Risks and Controls

Aviation management personnel and employees who truly understand the differences between hazards, risks, and different type of controls are more effective at preventing accidents and reducing costs related to preventable accidents and incidents.

Furthermore, hazards and risks are most commonly misunderstood by safety managers who need to either create or review their company's hazard and risk registers.

Can you easily tell another employee the difference between a hazard and a risk?

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

How to Justify Severity of Risk Assessments - Best Practices

Posted by Christopher Howell on Feb 22, 2023 5:33:00 AM

What Are Components of Risk Matrix

During the issue management life-cycle, safety managers commonly conduct initial and residual risk assessments on reported issues. In most cases, risk is a combination of both:

  • Probability (frequency), and
  • Severity (consequences).

Occasionally, you will see organizations that also include "exposure" as a third dimension to their risk assessment. Based on our experience, only three to five percent of aviation service providers have adopted a three-dimensional risk assessment approach.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

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

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

Top 4 Reasons to Hire Interns for Aviation Safety Management Systems

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jun 8, 2022 10:00:00 AM

Budget & Experience for Aviation Safety Management Systems

Airlines, airports, and maintenance organizations are still trying to understand the requirements of ICAO's mandated aviation safety management systems (SMS) that are outlined in Document 9859 Safety Management Manual (SMM).

Fully implemented aviation SMS programs require considerable work implementing AND maintaining. If you are like most aviation service providers, your company is trying to implement a multi-year project on a shoestring budget. And I have seen airlines and airports that still have no budget for additional safety initiatives.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation

How to Design an Aviation Safety Database for ICAO SMS Programs

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jun 1, 2022 12:19:24 PM

You Probably Need a Safety Database, Right?

I'm guessing if your airline or airport has more than 20 employees you will need a database for many of your SMS requirements.

If you don't have the budget for a database, or if you are one of those talented safety managers with excellent IT skills, then you can build your own safety database.

In this article, we demonstrate how you can design your own safety database within an hour or two.

So let's get started.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

SMS Chart: Where to Focus Hazard Identification Training & Risk Mitigation

Posted by Christopher Howell on May 4, 2022 6:00:00 AM

Aviation Safety Charts Monitor SMS Performance

Aviation safety charts provide aviation safety management teams with an invaluable visual presentation of their aviation safety management system (SMS) performance. Yet it should not be only the safety managers that should be reviewing these safety charts. The accountable executive has much more at stake.

For every SMS implementation, the accountable executive is responsible for

  • Ensuring the SMS implementation is performing across the organization;
  • Regularly reviewing organizational safety performance; and
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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

4 Hard Truths about Hazard and Safety Reporting in Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Apr 20, 2022 6:19:00 AM

Safety Reporting Process Will Make or Break an Aviation SMS

You could also say that lack of hazard and safety reporting in an aviation safety management system (SMS) can break a company.

Hazard reporting is critically important to any aviation service provider if it wants to benefit from their investment in the required and voluntary SMS. It’s equally important that aviation safety professionals have an open dialogue about what the important discussion points are and what problems are endemic to the aviation SMS.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

10 Great Reports to Monitor Safety Performance in SMS - with Examples

Posted by Christopher Howell on Sep 7, 2021 6:06:00 AM

Most Important Questions to Monitor Safety Performance in SMS

Monitoring safety performance in aviation safety management systems (SMS) is undoubtedly one of the most important tasks you will undertake in your SMS. Regulatory requirements turn to monitoring the performance of the SMS from a "nice-to-have program" for reducing risk and avoiding accidents to a "must have and must demonstrate proof" to comply with SMS regulatory requirements.

Safety performance monitoring is integral for maintaining Safety Assurance and the integrity of your SMS program.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

2 Reasons Top Safety Managers Fail in Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Aug 26, 2021 6:00:00 AM

Aviation SMS Implemented in Top-Down Approach

Every aviation safety management system (SMS) must be implemented in a top-down fashion.

There can be no other way, regardless of how liberal you think your company is.

But what is the top-down approach, and why are safety managers failing at SMS implementations when using this "top-down" SMS implementation strategy?

After witnessing many SMS implementations over the past dozen years, we have some observations regarding what works for safety managers and what may not.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

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