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Safety Management System (SMS) - Face to Face

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Course overview

A SMS is an organized approach to managing safety, including the necessary organizational structures, accountabilities, policies, objectives and procedures.

The requirement for an SMS has now been embodied into Part 21 regulations for organizations responsible for the type design (Sub J) and/or production (Sub G) of aeronautical parts and articles.

Product safety is determined by, and reflected in, the safety practices and behaviours in the workplace, as well as in the output of the product.

Organizations need to consider operator, process, and product safety to understand how safety practices and culture can affect the safety outcomes of the organization – this practical course and workshop explains how .. .. ..

Course details


  • Definitions and preamble

  • Aviation safety terms & definitions

  • International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

  • ICAO Annex 19 and SARPs

  • Fundamental safety principles and ICAO ‘SMS framework’

  • Applicability to design, production & maintenance

  • Quiz: Explaining safety-related terminology

 The ICAO ‘SMS framework’

  • The four components

  • 4 Components and 12 Elements of a SMS

  • 1. Safety policy

  • 2. Safety Risk Management

  • 3. Safety assurance

  • Interfaces between 2. SRM and 3. SA

  • 4. Safety promotion

  • Quiz: Explaining the four functional components

  • Safety culture

  • Just Culture ~ Ethical Behaviour

 AS9100 safety-related terminology & requirements

  • Safety

  • Product safety

  • Terms and definitions (AS9100)

  • Requirements (AS9100)

  • Relationship between the SMS and the QMS

  • Exercise: Relationship between just culture & ethical behaviour

Regulatory safety-related terminology & requirements

  • Examples & definitions of aeronautical ‘products’

  • Aeronautical articles (parts and appliances)

  • Definitions of aeronautical articles ‘parts’ and ‘appliances’

  • EASA – Design organization (SMS-related requirements)

  • EASA – Production organization (SMS-related requirements)

  • Quiz: Regulatory SMS-related terms/regulations

Safety policy

  • Safety policy

  • Guidance for safety policy

  • Specimen safety policy (#1) – complex organization

  • Specimen safety policy (#2) – non- complex organization

 Safety objectives and goals

  • Requirements for safety objectives

  • Guidance on safety objectives

  • Examples of safety objectives

  • Exercise: Suggestions for realistic safety objectives

 SMS documentation and the Safety Management Manual (SMM)

  • Focus of the SMS

  • SMS scope, personnel and documentation

  • Guidance materials (UK-CAA, ICAO, SM ICG)

  • Safety Management Manual (SMM)

  • SMS Manual contents (complex organization)

  • SMS Manual contents (non-complex organization)

  • Key questions regarding SMS documentation

  • UK CAA SMS guidance and gap analysis tools

  • Exercise: Contents of SMS documentation

Hazard identification and risk analysis

  • Hazards/Events and Risks

  • Hazard/Event identification tools

  • The bow-tie diagram

  • Quiz: Hazards, Events and Bow-tie diagram

Safety risk management and mitigation

  • Hazard/Event risk identification

  • Hazard/Event risk assessment

  • Risk analysis and quantification

  • Risk mitigation process

  • Exercise: Safety risk management, mitigation, management and mitigation

Safety assurance, performance and auditing

  • Safety assurance

  • Safety performance monitoring, measurement and review

  • Safety auditing and cultural surveys

  • Exercise: Safety auditing and cultural surveys

Management of Change and Continuous Improvement of the SMS

  • The management of change

  • Continuous improvement of the SMS

  • Exercise: management of change

Safety promotion, training, communication and awareness

  • Understanding safety promotion

  • The role of training, education and communication

  • Safety training and education

  • Safety communication

  • Role of ‘communication’ and ‘awareness’

  • Quiz: Safety promotion, training, communication and awareness

Emergency response planning

  • Emergency response plan

  • Emergency response planning process

Benefits of an effective Safety Management System

  • Air crash deaths – minuscule but don’t get complacent!

  • Benefits for organizations

  • Benefits for all stakeholders


  • Receive your Training Certificate

Who should attend

Accountable Managers, Safety Managers and Supervisors/Team Leaders who need to create, deploy, maintain and audit a Safety Management System (SMS)

Deliverables & benefits

Create and maintain an effective Safety Management System (SMS) to meet in full the new regulatory requirements for organizations holding Part 21 Sub J (Design) and Part 21 Sub G (Production) approvals.

Meet the applicable AS9100 series requirements for a Safety Management System (SMS).

Upcoming courses

Safety Management System (SMS)

Face to Face
24 Oct - 24 Oct 23


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