Safety Management Systems (SMS)

 
 
 

What is a Safety Management System?

ICAO Annex 6 requires that all operators implement a Safety Management System by 01 Jan 2009.

A safety management system (SMS) is a systematic, explicit and comprehensive process for managing safety risks. As with all management systems, an SMS provides for goal setting, planning, and measuring performance.

Decades of research has shown that between 70 to 90 percent of accidents and incidents can be traced to some form of human error; with some arguing 100 percent when viewed systematically. The notion of an “Organisational Accident” proposed by Professor James Reason illustrates that 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 shop floor.

A successful business needs to be operated safely, not only to meet legal requirements and social responsibilities but also to be profitable. Accidents and incidents threaten all of these. An SMS can help you identify, classify and manage risks to the safety of your operation.  An SMS also provides an explicit and comprehensive framework on which to manage risks and build a sound business.

As with all management systems, an SMS involves goal setting, planning, documentation, and the measuring of performance against goals.

Benefits of a Safety Management System

 

Besides meeting legal responsibilities to manage safety, there are many benefits of an SMS including:

 

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Lower insurance rates.

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Market the safety standards of your operation.

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Guard against the direct and indirect costs of incidents and accidents.

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Improve communication, morale and productivity.

 

Course Outline

Many SMS courses (and other safety courses for that matter) are restricted to examining regulatory requirements and theory of SMS, but do little to illustrate HOW organisations can build and implement an SMS into their organisation. With material and methods derived from research and industry examples from around the world, our SMS training courses and services stand on the cutting edge of safety management principles, tools, and techniques. 

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Accident causation and prevention

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Responsibility for managing safety

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Understanding safety

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Basics of safety management

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Risk management

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Gap analysis

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Hazard identification and analysis

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Non-punitive incident reporting

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Establishing an SMS

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Practical considerations for the operation of an SMS

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Safety assessments

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Safety auditing

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Safety culture

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Change management

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Emergency response planning/crisis management

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Safety promotion

Who should attend?

Personnel from civil aviation authorities, air operators, airports, ANS providers, maintenance organisations, insurance and other operational professionals. 

SMS Streams Available

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SMS for Regulators

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SMS for Airports

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SMS for Air Operators

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SMS for Corporate Flight Operations

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SMS for Flight Training Units (FTUs)

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SMS for Maintenance Organisations

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SMS for Aftermarket Aviation Maintenance Services

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SMS for Air Traffic Services

Take Home

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Comprehensive course notebook

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Operational examples and solutions

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Certificate of completion

 

Workshop Duration, Location and Tuition

Workshop Duration: 5 days.

Fee: $1975.00 USD

Location: Various locations – In-house available.

All Dutcher SMS courses can be delivered to your offices and tailored to your organisation's needs. If you have a group of 5 or more individuals for this course, please contact us and we will provide you with information about bringing this course to your offices at a time convenient for you and your staff. For courses delivered in the United Kingdom, all prices are in UK Pounds (GBP).  For courses delivered in all other European countries, all prices are in Euros. For delivery in other countries, please contact us.

 

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Last Updated: 15 Apr 08