Refresher course of Safety Management Systems
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- Certificate of Completion
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- Understand Why we need a Safety Management system to manage Safety the organisation
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! How to use the SMS to increase safety performance.
- Learn about some new mental tools to look at safety issues in new ways.
- Basic aviation terminology is helpful, but not required. the course is applicable to any field.
You might be involved in Safety meetings and keep hearing about this SMS, but it might be all a little vague.
This course helps professionals get a quick overview of What is an SMS and How Safety is managed using the SMS.
It will help you to evaluate how Safety is managed in your own organisation and cut through the confusion about the many technical discussions around ÇSMS-
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
- Operational managers who need an introduction or refresher on Safety Management Systems and Safety Performance
- This course might help managers or safety professionals who need to improve the safety performance of their organisation.
In the previous sections we went over what an SMS and why you need it. In this module I would like to dig deeper into the purpose of the SMS and the obstacles to achieving improved safety performance.
Many technical people don´t realize that when they look at organisations with a technical mindset,
it tends to simplify any system into a complicated system representation i.e. machines AKA "what they are used to troubleshoot".
While complex systems are more akin to an ecology where the systems conditions influence the behaviour of the elements in the system which in turn can feedback to influence the systems conditions.
It is important to realize the difference between the 2 because if you take a "complicated system" mindset to troubleshoot and intervene in a "complex socio technical system" the results of your interventions might actually backfire.