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How to Conduct Internal SMS Audits in Aviation Industry

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 21, 2019 6:03:00 AM

What Are Internal SMS Audits in Aviation, and Why Conduct Them

Internal SMS audits are an extremely important element in verifying the performance of every aviation safety management system (SMS). They’re also a neglected process in a surprisingly large number of smaller operators' SMS risk management schedules.

Just ask yourself, when was the last time you performed an internal audit on your aviation SMS implementation? Let’s also be clear about what we mean when we say “audit”, as this word is thrown around loosely.

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management

What Emergency Response Plans Are (and Why You Need It)

Posted by Tyler Britton on Nov 14, 2019 5:50:00 AM

What an Emergency Response Plan (ERP) Is

The actions taken within the first 5 minutes of an emergency can largely dictate the severity of consequences. In this case, “severity of consequences” can involve catastrophic financial, environmental, or material damage, and/or major loss of life.

Employees need a plan of action to count on when emergencies strike in order to minimize damages.

An emergency response plan is a manual that companies use to address many different types of emergencies.

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management

4 Considerations About QMS and SMS in Aviation Safety Management

Posted by Tyler Britton on May 26, 2019 5:56:00 AM

Making Decisions About QMS and SMS in Aviation Safety Management

Recently, there has been a significant rise in the interest in reducing data management complexity and increasing synergies by integrating quality management systems (QMS) and safety management systems (SMS) in the aviation industry. This is probably because many aviation service providers have already begun or have well-developed SMS implementations.

Alternatively, the interest may result from the overwhelming number of data management systems that modern aviation service providers use to manage operations.

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management

Return on Investment for Aviation SMS Implementations

Posted by Tyler Britton on May 17, 2019 6:24:00 AM

How SMS Affects Companies’ Finances

While the safety benefits are often stressed far more than the financial benefits of aviation safety management systems (SMS), this is a mistake. When companies benefit financially from a safety initiative, what this means is that they benefit financially because the safety initiative is actually improving safety.

Return on investment for aviation SMS implementations is actually not as confusing to calculate as you might think. When we are talking about return on investment, we are talking about how an aviation SMS affects companies' finances.

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management

5 Ways to Avoid Common Aviation SMS Audit Findings

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

First Thing to Prepare for Aviation SMS Audits

Audits can be extremely stressful. Especially if things haven't been going well in your aviation safety management system (SMS) in terms of performance or implementation progress.

At this point, there's only one thing that you need to do before anything else:

  • Relax.

No audit is going to be perfect. There are going to be findings. Obviously, the fewer, the better.

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Topics: Quality-Safety Management

How Integrating QMS and SMS Will Improve Aviation Safety Audit Performance

Posted by Tyler Britton on May 5, 2019 6:01:00 AM

Benefits of Integrating QMS and SMS

Historically, quality management systems (QMS) and safety management systems (SMS) have been implemented and managed as two entirely separate entities. Today this separation persists in many if not most, companies. This is an unfortunate fact because integrating QMS and SMS provides a great opportunity for organizations to:

  • Improve safety performance;
  • Increase aviation safety audit results;
  • Reduce bureaucratic bloat; and
  • Cut overhead costs, while at the same time expanding the safety budget.
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Topics: Quality-Safety Management

How to Investigate Safety Issues

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 18, 2019 4:59:00 AM

Different Investigator Activities on Safety Issues

Managing safety issues in aviation SMS is largely about performing various investigatory activities to make good safety decisions. Investigatory activities are usually conducted by:

  • Safety managers;
  • Department heads;
  • Subject-matter experts; and/or
  • Safety committees.
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Topics: 3-Safety Assurance, Quality-Safety Management

Privacy, Transparency, and Confidentiality in Aviation Safety Management

Posted by Tyler Britton on Feb 6, 2019 5:24:00 AM

What Are Responsibility, Confidentiality, and Privacy in Aviation Safety Management

In aviation safety management, responsibility, confidentiality, and privacy are the triad that affects how you handle reported safety information. Whether your organization is large or small, your leadership team needs to discuss these factors and decide how to handle them.

Your organization may decide that it doesn’t need to pay particular attention to this triad, or it may draft several pieces of formal documentation and policies about them. Either way, what is important is that as an aviation service provider:

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Topics: 4-Safety Promotion, Quality-Safety Management

Best Low Cost Risk Management Tools to Use in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 2, 2019 8:14:00 PM

What Are Risk Management Tools

Risk management tools in aviation SMS is simply a vague term that refers to resources that can help you manage risk. Often, the most beneficial resources tend to be simple, inexpensive, and helpful for both providing guidance and helping you organize your time.

By “simple tools” we are talking about risk management tools like:

  • Checklists;
  • Templates;
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Topics: 2-Safety Risk Management, Quality-Safety Management

Cybersecurity in Aviation SMS

Posted by Tyler Britton on Dec 25, 2018 4:45:00 AM

What Is Cybersecurity

The aviation industry relies heavily on computers for every touchpoint of aviation service, from ground to flight operations. Cybersecurity is a term that refers to the safety of such computer systems – it is also called info-security. If nefarious individuals were able to get access to some of your computer systems, they could pose a catastrophic threat to flight operations.

In general, when we talk about cybersecurity we are referring to

  • Who has access to information;
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Topics: 1-Safety Policy, Quality-Safety Management

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