Characteristics of a Sustainable SMS Implementation
Sustainability is a modern buzz word, and aviation safety management systems (SMS) are no exception. Sustainable SMS implementations are those that survive
- upper management personnel changes,
- safety manager changes, and
- high volume of employee turnover.
The question every safety manager and/or upper manager needs to ask is, does my SMS implementation achieve these sustainable goals?
Chances are, the answer is no – not yet. That’s okay. Aviation SMS implementations are always a work in progress.
Implementations are long, drawn-out marathons, not sprints. There will be times of steady progress; however, most SMS implementations will also suffer setbacks. How does your company identify these obstacles? What is your plan for dealing with these common scenarios should they plague your aviation SMS?