The set-up and implementation of a Safety Management System (SMS) often seems like a daunting task. We are experts at it, and can tell you – it’s not that hard. Human Performance Training and Consulting can assist in the process and remove all the “smoke & mirrors” other vendors add to ensure they manage your system for you.
The most effective SMS is the one you build, implement, and manage yourself! We can provide you with everything you need to do that, or we can provide you with on-site assistance.
What’s an SMS?:
Safety Management Systems have been standardized world-wide and consists of 4 basic components and 11 elements.
Component 1 – Safety Policy: In our Safety Management System, policies and procedures are the ways we express and achieve our desired level of safety.
The elements of our Safety Policy include:
- The organization’s safety policy
- Management commitment & accountability
- Key safety responsibilities
- Emergency preparedness & response
- SMS documentation & records
Component 2 – Safety & Risk Management: Understanding the hazards and inherent risks associated with everyday activities allows us to minimize unsafe acts and respond proactively, by improving the processes, conditions and other issues that lead to unsafe acts.
The fundamental purpose of our risk management system is the early identification of potential problems. The risk management system enhances the manner in which management safety decisions are made.
The elements of our Safety Risk Management plan include:
- Hazard identification and analysis (this includes system description and task analysis).
- Risk assessment and control (this includes safety risk analysis, assessment and control/mitigation)
Component 3 – Safety Assurance: The ongoing monitoring of all systems and the application of corrective actions are functions of our quality assurance system. Continuous improvement can only occur when we display constant vigilance regarding the effectiveness of our operations and our corrective actions. Without ongoing monitoring of corrective actions, there is no way of telling whether the problem has been corrected and the safety objective met. Similarly, there is no way of measuring if a system is fulfilling its purpose with maximum efficiency.
The elements of our Safety Assurance Plan include:
- Safety performance monitoring and measurement (this includes monitoring, internal and external audits, evaluations, investigations, employee reporting & feedback system, analysis of data, system assessment, preventive/corrective action and management review)
- Management of Change
- Continual Improvement
Component 4 – Safety Promotion: Safety is our “Core Value” and is everyone’s responsibility. We will all promote a positive safety culture because this is what will influence correct behavior and lead to safe mission accomplishment.
The elements of Safety Promotion Plan include:
- Competencies and training (includes personnel expectations and training).
- Communication and awareness
Safety Management System Toolkit: Safety Management System Toolkit – This toolkit was developed to meet the specific needs of small to medium size aviation operations. We can develop a similar package for your operation. Click the title to view the contents of the toolkit and pricing.