Safety Management Systems (SMS)
The requirement for a Safety Management System (SMS) has now been embodied into Part 21 regulations –
A 🔆Safety Management System (SMS)🔆 is an organized approach to managing safety, including the necessary organizational structures, accountabilities, policies and procedures.
Regulatory SMS requirements are referenced in 📋Part 21📋 –
✔SUBPART J — DESIGN ORGANISATION APPROVAL
21.A.239 Design management system
✔SUBPART G — PRODUCTION ORGANISATION APPROVAL
21.A.139 Production management system
The need for “processes” to assure product safety during the entire product life cycle is already a mandatory requirements of 📋AS9100 (clause 8.1.3)📋.
The use of SMS can be generally interpreted as applying a quality management approach to control safety risks. Like other management functions, safety management requires planning, organizing, communicating and providing direction.
Organizations need to develop and maintain SMS documentation to describe (as a minimum) its –
✔ Safety policy and objectives
✔ Safety accountabilities, responsibilities and authorities
✔ Safety Management Manual (SMM) – scope and documentation
✔ Hazard identification and risk management process
✔ Safety assurance
✔ Change management
✔ Emergency Response Plan (ERP)
TEC’s face-to-face and e-Learning courses explain how to interpret all safety-related requirements and create an effective SMS and practical SMM to meet regulatory and AS9100 requirements.