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Relationship between a Hazard and Risk Occurrence in Safety Management

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 10, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Why Definitions of Hazard and Risk Matter

One of the most ubiquitous problems in aviation risk management is the misuse of commonly used words, in particular “hazard” and “risk.” Often, these two items are either:

  • Used interchangeably; or
  • Used much too broadly.

Accuracy is extremely important, as much of the bureaucracy in an aviation safety management system (SMS) builds upon basic definitions of safety elements.

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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management

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.”

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Types of Operational Risk for Airline SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 7, 2019 5:41:00 AM

What Is Operational Risk for Airline SMS

Operation risk is a primary concern of airline safety management systems (SMS). Just as in traditional safety programs, modern SMS implementations will revolve around identifying hazards and controlling these safety events.

In a formal aviation SMS implementation, there are two inter-connected components:

  • Safety risk management (SRM); and
  • Safety assurance (SA).
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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.

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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:

  • acceptable; or
  • acceptable with additional mitigation strategies applied; or
  • unacceptable, requiring operations to cease.
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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:

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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?"

Managing safety is similar to managing security. The job is often a thankless one. Safety managers don't get the daily slap on the back or hear much rewarding praise. After all, when was the last time you told a safety manager: "Good work today, safety manager. We had no accidents today! Keep up the good work!"

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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.

To avoid confusion, it’s important for aviation safety professionals to be clear about the different types of risk management activities, and use these terms accordingly.

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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.
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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management, FAA Compliance

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