Refresher course of Safety Management Systems
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Refresher course of Safety Management Systems

A quick overview for aviation managers about basic concepts and philosophy of SMS
4.4 (178 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,359 students enrolled
Created by Jan Peeters
Last updated 3/2017
Price: Free
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand Why we need a Safety Management system to manage Safety in our airline
  • Understand how the Safety Management process works
  • Understand what the elements are for a successful SMS
  • Ask some critical questions about the SMS in their organisation and see if it works!
  • Understand that SMS and Safety Management are not the same!
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  • Basic aviation terminology

This course helps students who attend the advanced SMS course by ACS group to prepare and refresh the SMS concepts.

It is required material before starting the course in-company.

It covers three main aspects of Safety Management Systems:

Section 1: Why do we need SMS to manage safety in aviation?

The first section details the history of Safety Management in aviation before SMS.
We discuss the Organisational accident causation or Swiss cheese model developed by James Reason and how it impacts our approach to managing safety. Then we define what safety, hazards and risk are according to ICAO.
Furthermore we go over the management dilemma of choosing between dedicating resources towards production or protection and how a re-active approach to safety management can cost more.

Afterwards we discuss the importance of Human factors in safety management.

Finally we define the purpose of the SMS and how you can ask 4 simple questions to evaluate if the SMS is really working in your area of responsibility.

Section 2: How does the Safety Risk Management process work

We describe the properties of a successful SMS, how we try to achieve risk based decision making and a simple model of safety risk management.

Section 3: What are the elements in an ICAO style Safety Management System?

We go over the ICAO based 4 pillar model and explain the various elements contained in each pillar:

Pillar 1: Safety policies and objectives

We go over the requirements of Management commitment and safety accountabilities of the managers we need to have a successful SMS. We talk about the role of the key safety personel and the SMS implementation plan.

Also we need to think about the Emergency Response plan and finally the documentation of the SMS.

Pillar 2 Safety Risk Management

Since we will discuss this in-depth in the advanced course we only give a quick overview

Pillar 3 Safety Assurance

The role of the Quality Management systems and setting the right Safety Objectives and targets.

Pillar 4 Safety Promotion

We cover how we can improve our Just Culture and the overall safety culture by the Safety Training and Communication

Who is the target audience?
  • Operational aviation managers who need an introduction or refresher on the elements and concepts of Safety Management Systems
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Curriculum For This Course
1 Lecture 02:59

A brief overview of the course and an we show how you can ask questions in Udemy about the course material so we discuss it in the class room.

Introduction to the basic SMS Refresher course
Why do we need Safety Management Systems?
5 Lectures 21:02

This lecture discusses how safety was managed in modern commercial aviation before Safety Management systems.

History of Safety Management

The Swiss cheese model that made us look differently at accidents.

The Organisational Accident and definitions of Safety

The model of the Safety Space by James Reason describes how organisations are constrained in the management of Safety by the resources. From this we can see how it makes both safety and financial sense to manage safety in a more proactive way.

Pro-active vs Re-active Safety Management

Why Human Factors are inportant for Safety Risk Management.

Human factors in safety

4 Simple questions you cna use in your department to verify if the SMS is doing it's job.

The purpose of the SMS in 4 simple questions
What are the elements of a succesful SMS?
3 Lectures 06:04

We go over the properties a succesful SMS must have to be effective.

Description of the properties of an SMS

This lecture explains how the SMS works to allow the management team this capability: to make informed decisions about risk.

Risk-based decision making, the link between SMS and your Management System

A simple graphic model which explains the flow of the SMS process, from the Safety Department to the management team to the quality team.

A simple SMS model
How does an SMS work?
4 Lectures 18:10

This lecture covers how the Pillar 1 builds the infrastructure for the SMS to work.

SMS Pillar 1 Safety policies and objectives

Safety Risk management is the heart of the SMS, we will cover it in-depth in our Advanced SMS course so we only give you a brief overview here.

SMS Pillar 2 Safety Risk Management

This section covers how we can answer the question "do our safety risk controls stikk work?"

SMS pillar 3 Safety Assurance

In this last lecture we discuss the Safety promotion functions: Safety training and Safety communication.

SMS Pillar 4 Safety Promotion
Evaluation quiz
0 Lectures 00:00

This quiz is part of the evaluation criteria for your certificate of the Advanced Safety Management Systems course

A quick quiz about Safety Management Systems
10 questions
About the Instructor
Jan Peeters
4.4 Average rating
178 Reviews
2,359 Students
1 Course
Safety Risk Management Coach

Jan is an experienced safety risk management practitioner who ran Safety departments at small and medium airlines.

He has also extensive experience as a Safety Improvement consultant with a large firm which has given him the opportunity to work on world-wide projects in very diverse aviation organisations.
He offers clients comprehensive expertise across most areas of aviation safety management, with a focus on the development of effective risk management solutions and organisational safety performance.

He is a passionate trainer who has delivered numerous courses to all possible sectors of the aviation industry. He trained staff and management on topics covering;

  • Design and Implementation of SMS
  • Risk Management and Risk Assessment methods
  • Just Culture,
  • Safety communication,
  • Air Safety Reporting,
  • Flight Data Monitoring and
  • Emergency Response planning.

His knowledge of 6 European languages is a great asset to quickly establish meaningful communication during his consultancy projects in the various corners of the world.

Jan’s approach to SMS is very pragmatic. He improves safety performance by building bridges between safety practitioners and their management, enabling them to convert safety information into practical safety enhancing actions.