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20 Questions for Your Safety Policy in Aviation SMS [With Free Resources]

Posted by Tyler Britton on Aug 17, 2021 5:00:00 AM

What Is Safety Policy in Aviation SMS

Your Safety Policy is the canon of your aviation safety program. It outlines all of the essential information anyone in your company would want to know regarding safety. It is one of the first components of your SMS that you will develop. It will be the document that you:

  • Reference in response to employee questions;
  • Demonstrate to auditors; and
  • Use to outline essential facets of your SMS.
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3 Best Practices for Your Aviation SMS Manual

Posted by Nichole Kruger on Aug 5, 2021 4:26:00 AM

The Importance of an Aviation SMS Manual

ICAO requires an SMS manual for many aviation organizations required to abide by their SMS mandate. It is very tempting to gloss over your manual...to get it out of the way and never look at it again.

Manuals aren't sexy, and most of the time, they're boring at best. I've read a lot of manuals that were downright painful.

So, how do you make your SMS manual a tool that supports your SMS? Here are three best practices to put your manual to work today.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation, 1-Safety Policy

3 Myths about Aviation SMS Implementation

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 1, 2021 5:53:00 AM

Be Aware of Your Aviation Safety Management Myths

Awareness is a great weapon for overcoming problems in aviation safety management systems (SMS). When aviation safety managers try and implement an aviation SMS while at the same time clinging to myths:

  • People get hurt;
  • The company loses money; and
  • The SMS makes no progress.

Myths plague aviation SMS implementation – we’ve all been guilty at one time or another of clinging to false beliefs. It’s part of the learning curve.

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5 Things to Know about Aviation SMS Human Factors

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jun 1, 2021 6:00:00 AM

1 - What Are Aviation SMS Human Factors

Human Factors in aviation SMS identify the motivating factors behind common human behaviors that pose risk.

For example, Fatigue is a common Human Factor that hinders one’s ability to make good decisions, perform common tasks, and identify hazards – all of which pose risk to a program.

When reported safety issues are being managed, management will usually associate the issue with types of hazards, root causes, and if applicable, Human Factors.

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What Are Performance Based Aviation Safety Management Systems?

Posted by Mario Pierobon on May 20, 2021 6:00:00 AM

Safety Management Systems Originated Long Ago

The earliest piece of SMS legislation in recorded history is probably the Hammurabi code, a Babylonian law code of ancient Mesopotamia which dates back to 1754 BC.

It was Babylonian king Hammurabi who enacted the code, which consists of 282 laws with scaled punishments in accordance with the ‘an eye for an eye’ adage. The latter is probably the most famous part of the Hammurabi code which is still renowned today.

The Hammurabi code regulated several contractual matters, but the reason why we can classify it as the earliest piece of SMS legislation in recorded history is because of some provisions setting the terms of transactions:

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How to Create an Org Chart for Aviation Safety Programs

Posted by Christopher Howell on May 18, 2021 6:00:00 AM

What Is an Organizational Chart's Purpose in Aviation SMS?

A professional, task-driven safety manager has been assigned to implement an airline or airport's safety program. Under "safety policy" one section of the safety manual requires an Organizational Chart.

Most professionals know an org chart when they see it, but what goes into the org chart for the safety program? What is the easiest way to create this org chart? Why do we have an org chart in the safety management program?

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QMS Programs vs Aviation Safety Management Systems (SMS)

Posted by Tyler Britton on Mar 30, 2021 6:00:00 AM

Goals of an Aviation SMS

We know that aviation safety management is a system of safety management activities.

Policies, processes and procedures are created to systematically approach

  • hazard identification,
  • risk monitoring, and
  • prevention of accidents and serious incidents.
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Advanced Aviation SMS: Rewriting Duties to Align with Business Goals

Posted by Christopher Howell on Mar 24, 2021 6:00:00 AM

Aviation SMS Implementations Follow Forked Path

Since November 2006, operators inadvertently followed a forked path while implementing required aviation safety management systems (SMS). In some cases, they made conscious choices, but in most cases, the path they chose was forced upon them due to imperfect information.

I prefer to believe that most who started the SMS journey had hoped that they would succeed and reap the expected rewards while simultaneously improving global transportation system safety. That is a true win-win.

From my global perspective, results have been less than spectacular, but there is hope.

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Topics: Aviation SMS Database, 1-Safety Policy

Advanced Aviation SMS: Explicit Duties Impact Financial Business Success

Posted by Christopher Howell on Mar 22, 2021 6:30:00 AM

Duties & Responsibilities Shape Behaviors

This is an exciting article. We share concrete tips and tricks to modify your aviation safety management system (SMS) in this Advanced Aviation SMS series. To date, this advanced series has been focused on financial business theory supported by science and technology.

In this article, we discuss modifying employees' expected safety duties and responsibilities. Shifting from a pure safety focus has benefits. For example, this "safety-through-quality" change will provide both sufficient quantity and quality-of-inputs for your aviation SMS to prosper as designed.

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Advanced Aviation SMS: Avoid Leaving Money Behind - Implementation Styles

Posted by Christopher Howell on Mar 17, 2021 6:15:00 AM

Powerful Aviation SMS When Implemented Properly

Aviation safety management systems (SMS) are not simply a regulatory requirements, but a "new way of doing business."

"Yeah, we've all heard these ambiguous praises before," I hear you saying.

  • What else is new?
  • Where is the proof?
  • Why aren't we seeing the benefits? or
  • Only large companies with high volumes benefit.
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Topics: Aviation SMS Implementation, 1-Safety Policy

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