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What Is Management of Change in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 28, 2022 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.

The basic tenants of management of change in aviation SMS are:

  • Airlines, airports, and other aviation service providers establish a formal, repeatable process for change;
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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance, 2-Safety Risk Management

30 Good Questions for Safety Surveys in Aviation SMS [With Free Resources]

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 21, 2022 4:33:00 AM

Benefits of Safety Surveys

Safety surveys give you insight into the relationship between your employees and your aviation safety program, which includes:

  • The SMS;
  • Safety management; and
  • Aspects of safety culture.

Importantly, safety surveys provide quantifiable data.

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Topics: Safety Culture

How to Create Safety Objectives in Aviation SMS with Examples

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 14, 2022 6:19:00 AM

What Are Safety Objectives in Aviation SMS

Safety objectives in aviation SMS are the markers your safety program uses to assess whether or not your safety goals are being achieved. Your safety objectives will be the basis for how you measure safety performance.

Creating safety objectives is one of the most important tasks for setting yourself up to make good safety decisions and to monitor the performance of the SMS.

Important elements to point out when discussing what safety objectives are in aviation SMS are:

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Topics: 1-Safety Policy

4 Ways to Mitigate Risk in Aviation Safety Management Systems

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 7, 2022 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:

  • The composite likelihood and severity of something happening, as in “The risk of…”;
  • A specific occurrence that is bad/undesirable, as in a “risk occurrence.”
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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance

Difference between Threat and Hazard in Safety Management

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 30, 2022 4:23:00 AM

What Is a Hazard

A hazard in safety management is a condition that poses danger to your organization, and can lead to an accident, incident, or other mishap if not mitigates.

A hazard satisfies ALL of the following conditions:

  • Is a dangerous condition, such as an object, situation, circumstance, that poses an unacceptable level of danger;
  • Occurs once in the safety mishap lifecycle;
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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Most Common Misconceptions about Aviation SMS Training

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 23, 2022 6:07:00 AM

1st Step to Improve Aviation SMS Training

Improving aviation safety management systems (SMS) training effectiveness is as much about understanding what it is as what it is not.

Misconceptions about aviation SMS training can have wide-ranging negative effects on SMS implementation. This becomes increasingly disturbing when one considers how poor SMS training can destroy a safety culture, which is among the most single important element of every aviation SMS

For example, safety managers who do not understand the best uses for aviation safety training cause:

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Topics: Risk Management Training

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

Safety Chart: Monitoring Hazard Identification and Safety Reporting Culture per Division

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 9, 2022 5:57:00 AM

Why the All Issues by Division Chart Is Important

Aviation safety dashboard charts automatically monitor and present aviation safety management systems (SMS) data to stakeholders, who can then use the information to make fact-based decisions.

Due to increased Internet reliability across the world, dashboard charts have become most popular for aviation service providers to securely monitor SMS data in real time. The dashboard presents managers and users with visual representations of the aviation SMS' historical performance and alerts users of "noteworthy exceptions" that may require corrective action.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

The Secret Bias That Hurts Proactive Risk Management

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 2, 2022 6:00:00 AM

Risk Management Is the Backbone of Aviation SMS

One of the primary foundations of aviation safety management systems (SMS) is the organizational-wide, focused approach towards proactive risk management.

Risk management is a complex process that requires certain tools, behaviors, and conditions to be done effectively.

For example, effective aviation risk management requires:

  • Upper management commitment;
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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Safety Chart: Aviation SMS Program Task Management

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 26, 2022 6:11:00 AM

What Is Task Management in Aviation Risk Management

Task management in every aviation safety management system (SMS) is extremely important. After all, the accountable executive will be monitoring SMS performance regularly and will be alert for substandard safety performance.

How quickly are safety tasks completed?

How many safety tasks are overdue? And for how many days? And why are these safety tasks overdue?

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Topics: Risk Management Software

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