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5 Ways to Analyze Risk in Aviation SMS Implementations

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 12, 2019 6:11:00 AM

What Is Risk in Aviation SMS Implementations

Risk in aviation safety management systems (SMS) is a tricky subject. Not only is it treated differently in different organizations, but safety professionals tend to get up in arms in front of differing opinions.

The truth is that “risk” is a terribly nebulous word and concept, with multiple ways to use it. What’s important is NOT that you “know what risk is” so much as you “define what risk means to your organization.”

Here are multiple ways that “risk” is used in the risk management industry, in descending order of common use:

  • The likelihood and severity of safety mishap occurring;
  • Negative safety outcomes, such as damages to equipment or aircraft, injuries, deaths, etc.; and
  • Loss of safety control (i.e., “dangerous condition” or “risk event”).
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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

4 Elements of Safety Risk Management (SRM)

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 31, 2019 5:50:00 AM

Elements of Safety Risk Management (SRM)

Safety Risk Management receives by far the most attention of any aspect of aviation safety management systems (SMS). It is, as you might say, “where the action is,” in terms of managing risk and the most focused-upon element in an aviation SMS.

Despite the fact that other aspects of aviation risk management processes provide equally valuable assistance in developing an aviation SMS, SRM deals most directly with risk exposure.

SRM is complex, as it:

  • Requires as much “documenting what you are doing,” as “doing it”;
  • Will be the area of your SMS program where you develop risk management tools; and
  • Has many working parts needed to adequately practice SRM.

In this discussion, we'll explore the 4 important elements of Safety Risk Management (SRM).

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5 Outcomes for Risk Analysis Activities in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 21, 2019 6:08:00 AM

Perform Risk Analysis to Meet Oversight Compliance Expectations

It hardly needs to be said that performing a risk analysis in aviation safety management systems (SMS) is absolutely essential. There are many opportunities in the aviation SMS' risk management processes for safety professionals and operational department heads to determine whether the potential consequences of conducting operations in the presence of hazards remains either:

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What Are Important Activities in Safety Risk Management (SRM)?

Posted by Tyler Britton on Oct 16, 2019 6:03:00 AM

What Is Safety Risk Management in Aviation SMS?

Depending on the context and your educational background, safety risk management in aviation safety management systems (SMS) can mean a couple different things:

  1. Second component of ICAO's four pillars; and
  2. Processes to identify, describe, monitor and manage hazards affecting safe aviation operations.
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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Relationship between Management of Change, SA Process, and SRM Process

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 30, 2019 5:45:00 AM

What Change Management Is in Safety Management Systems

Change management in aviation safety management systems (SMS) is an extremely important topic. Formal processes to manage change have become important not just for safety performance, but also for demonstrating to SMS auditors that your company knows how to formally manage change as your operations are exposed to changing environmental conditions.

You can bet that poorly managed or documented change management processes will result in an audit finding. The reason is that change management:

  • Demonstrates your understanding of the steps in the Safety Risk Management process;
  • Shows the quality of your risk analysis activities;
  • Validates your ability to document required SMS activities; and
  • Bridges the gap between Safety Risk Management and Safety Assurance processes.
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Straight Talk About Aviation Safety Risk Management

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 18, 2019 5:35:00 AM

How Do You Talk About Aviation Safety Risk Management

Aviation safety managers have jobs that others may find unrewarding, or difficult for them to witness results. The safety manager may spend years performing routine "safety manager stuff," while others may wonder: "just what do you do around here?"

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

Reality of Practicing Predictive Risk Management In Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 11, 2019 6:06:00 AM

What Is Predictive Risk Management?

In aviation safety management systems (SMS), risk management professionals toss around three common terms:

  • reactive risk management;
  • proactive risk management; and
  • predictive risk management.
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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

FAA Part 5 Compliance | Safety Risk Management System Description Requirement

Posted by Tyler Britton on Aug 26, 2019 5:48:00 AM

FAA’s Safety Risk Management (SRM) Process and System Description Element

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) safety risk management (SRM) compliance requirement for System Description has one clear goal: establish the components of your operating environment’s

  • systems,
  • processes,
  • procedures, and
  • important safety elements.

Despite the fact that the goal is clear, system description is too often skimmed over by safety teams during their initial implementation phase of their aviation safety management systems (SMS). This is a mistake.

Why is this element of SRM often skimmed over?

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management, FAA Compliance

5 Tips to Tell Whether Your Aviation SMS Is Performing?

Posted by Tyler Britton on Aug 19, 2019 6:00:00 AM

What Are We Really Talking About?

In aviation safety management systems (SMS), the best indicator of a highly performant safety culture isn’t one that has reduced operational risk close to zero, but one that readily adapts to and absorbs safety issues and disturbances as they arise.

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4 Tools to Help Every Aviation SMS Implementation

Posted by Tyler Britton on Aug 14, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Aviation SMS Implementations Are Result of Many Small Actions

The process of aviation safety management systems (SMS), simply put, is the conglomeration of many small actions on the part of safety management teams, operational managers and employees.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

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