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AviateQ staff have been involved with the development of SMS regulations and advisory publications across ICAO member States and have been keynote speakers at international safety conferences.

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Safety Management

What is a Safety Management System?

A Safety Management System is an integrated set of work practices, beliefs and procedures for monitoring and improving the safety and health of all aspects of your operation. It recognises the potential for errors and establishes robust defences to ensure that errors do not result in incidents or accidents.

Decades of research has shown that accidents and incidents can be traced to some form of human error. Errors can occur at the management level – in the development of policy and procedures – in the same way that errors can occur on the flight deck, the ramp, the hangar or the workshop.

A successful Safety Management System provides a systematic, explicit and comprehensive process for managing risks. As with all management systems, it involves goal setting, planning, documentation, and the measuring of performance against goals.

Any successful Safety Management System is woven into the fabric of an organisation. It becomes part of the organisation’s culture and the way people go about their work.  CASA 2002, Reason 2001

Key Elements of a Safety Management System

Regulatory Authorities across the globe recognise that there are a number of key areas which any successful Safety Management System programme needs to address. Briefly these are:

  1. Demonstrated senior management commitment
  2. Clearly identified policies and objectives
  3. Infrastructure in place to support the SMS programme (eg. Safety Officer, Safety Committee, etc…)
  4. Process established for hazard and risk management
  5. Robust hazard and occurrence reporting system in place
  6. Initial and recurrent training programme delivered to staff and other stakeholders
  7. Audit and assessment of the SMS programme (ongoing and scheduled)
  8. Documentation and data control protocols established
  9. Senior management evaluation of the programme