Safety Management Systems

It is vital that the aviation industry itself constantly consider safety risks and take proactive action to make aviation as safe as possible. To that end, the implementation of an effective Safety Management System SMS) enables airports, airlines, air navigation service providers and other aviation operations to adopt Safety Management Systems (SMS) aimed at identifying and mitigating potential safety risks long before an accident occurs or, in the best-case scenario, a Regulator could raise an issue during an audit or visit.
An SMS is a systematic approach to managing safety, including the necessary organizational structures, accountabilities, policies and procedures. To assist organizations in their implementation of an SMS, ICAO conducts Safety Management Systems (SMS) courses upon requests from States and organisations.

Safety management goes beyond the traditional approach of compliance with perspective regulations to a systematic approach to managing safety where potential safety risks are identified and managed to a tolerable level as the industry develops and evolves. SMS adopts a business-like approach to safety i.e. it entails specific plans, performance indicators, targets and continuous monitoring of the performance of the organization In short it provides for more proactive and effective risk-based decision making across the business to further improve safety.

CASA is laying the groundwork for requiring self-regulatory bodies, aviation operators and businesses to implement a Safety Management System (SMS).

The SMS Program is designed to help organisations integrate a systematic risk-based and process-oriented approach to managing aviation safety.

We can assist your organization with the development, implementation, and maintenance of a thorough and robust SMS. Critical functions such as management education on SMS, conducting a gap analysis, high-performance safety culture development, and safety event reporting system design are but just a few of the operations we can perform for you, your group or business.

Once we assist you with the development of a program, our continuing support will ensure successful and optimum operation of your SMS. These programs have not only been proven to significantly reduce the frequency and severity of safety events, SMS simply makes good business sense.

From our experience, many airlines, charter firms, manufacturing companies, and militaries worldwide have already initiated SMS programs with great success.

Let us assist you in staying ahead of impending regulatory requirements in a proactive and positive manner.


ICAO Reference:

SMS TRAINING STANDARDIZATION COURSE - PRESENTATIONS

SMS TRAINING STANDARDIZATION COURSE - HANDOUTS

SMS TRAINING STANDARDIZATION COURSE - BACKGROUND INFORMATION UPDATED NOV 2006 (warning large file 37 MBytes)

ICAO/ASPA Regional Seminar – The protection of safety information sources as essential building block of safety management systems (SMS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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