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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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5 Simple Tips to Improve Aviation Safety Reporting Cultures

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jan 3, 2024 1:59:00 PM

Safety Managers Can Only Manage Hazards That Are Reported

Healthy aviation safety management systems (SMS) rely upon hazard reporting to reduce operational risk. High-performing safety reporting cultures receive approximately one report for every ten employees each month.

When safety managers have poor hazard reporting cultures, they have a more difficult time justifying aviation safety budgets. Furthermore, their collected data is skewed and inaccurate and basically useless for responsible decision-making.

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

What Are Differences of Aviation Safety Management Systems (SMS) and QMS Programs

Posted by Christopher Howell on Nov 22, 2023 6:00:00 AM

What Is an Aviation Safety Management System (SMS)?

An aviation safety management system (SMS) has been repeatedly defined as a formal, systematic approach to managing safety, including necessary

  • organizational structures,
  • accountabilities,
  • policies, and
  • procedures.
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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation

Understanding Management of Change in Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Nov 15, 2023 10:00:00 AM

What Is the Fuss about Management of Change?

Management of change in aviation safety management systems (SMS) is essential for managing operational or organizational change. Safety teams are typically involved in the management of change (MOC) exercises.

There is often confusion among new aviation safety managers when they are confronted with answering auditors' questions regarding MOC in their SMS. Best practices should always be reviewed when implementing your MOC workflow.

This article will briefly describe MOC and some preferred best practices.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Choosing Key Performance Indicators in Aviation SMS - with Free KPI Resources

Posted by Christopher Howell on Nov 8, 2023 3:52:00 PM

Using Safety Key Performance Indicators in Your Aviation SMS

Most aviation safety professionals today are managing their aviation safety management systems (SMS) using automated tools. These full-featured SMS database tools allow safety managers to easily classify issues according to many criteria.

Safety managers benefit from using SMS databases because they can more easily analyze trends to bring pressing concerns to management.

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Topics: Key Performance Indicators

SRM-SA Aviation SMS Audit Preparation - 4 Free Checklist Templates

Posted by Christopher Howell on Oct 25, 2023 4:26:00 AM

The SMS Auditors Are Coming!

Aviation SMS audits are necessary to ensure aviation service providers comply with established guidelines. These established guidelines may come from:

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

How to Identify Hazards and Assess Risks in Aviation SMS - with Free Resources

Posted by Christopher Howell on Oct 4, 2023 3:45:00 PM

Reactive and Proactive Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment

Aviation safety managers are tasked to ensure that the safety risks encountered at their operations are controlled to as low as reasonably practicable (ALARP).

Modern aviation safety risk management includes:

  • Hazard identification;
  • Hazard reporting;
  • Safety risk assessment; and
  • Implementing appropriate control and recovery measures.
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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

What Is a Gap Analysis in Aviation SMS?

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jul 19, 2023 6:05:00 AM

What Is a Gap Analysis Used For

Both new and experienced aviation safety professionals sometimes have to ask themselves, what is a gap analysis and why am I using it?

The first thing anyone needs to understand about a gap analysis is that it is a process used by both new aviation safety management systems (SMS) and maturing SMS. This process is used by aviation service providers to determine:

  • The current state of the SMS;
  • The desired state of the SMS; and
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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

How to Define Your Risk Matrix in Aviation SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jul 12, 2023 5:41:00 AM

What Is Risk Assessment in SMS

Risk Assessments in aviation safety management systems (SMS) are how you qualify, quantify, and rank risk exposure for:

  • Reported safety issues;
  • Audit findings and concerns; and
  • Risk scenarios (consequences) associated with identified hazards.

Risk assessments are absolutely central to decision-making in SMS, as all actions performed on the safety issue depend on the initial and subsequent risk assessments.

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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

Understanding "Root Cause Analysis" Charts in Aviation SMS Dashboards

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jul 5, 2023 6:00:00 AM

Importance Monitoring Root Causes in Aviation SMS

Monitoring the performance of aviation safety management systems (SMS) is a common activity for safety managers and upper management alike. Furthermore, in every SMS, the accountable executive is responsible for directing actions to correct substandard safety performance whenever it is detected.

How is substandard safety performance detected in your organization?

How does management know which operational areas required additional risk mitigation measures?

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Topics: Risk Management Software

Five Elements of ICAO's Safety Policy and Objectives in SMS

Posted by Christopher Howell on Jun 28, 2023 10:00:00 AM

Why Review Safety Policy & Objectives in Aviation SMS Programs?

Aviation safety managers share many common traits, including:

  • detail oriented;
  • hard driven;
  • professional;
  • self-starters (high initiative); and
  • good communicators.
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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

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