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Safety Management System (SMS) – Management Orientation Course - Face to Face

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Course overview

Product Safety can only be guaranteed when organizations plan, implement, and control the processes needed for a formal Safety Management System (SMS).

The requirement for a SMS has already (2023) 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.

It is anticipated that IA9100:2026 will mandate formal processes for a SMS

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 their businesses

Management needs to consider operator, process, and product safety to understand how safety practices and culture can affect the safety outcomes of the organization.

This 1-day Management Orientation course and workshop explains from scratch what management needs to do to design and deploy an effective SMS to meet requirements.

Course details

Definitions and preamble

  • Defining 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

  • Exercise: Explaining safety-related terms

 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

  • Exercise: Explaining the four functional components

  • Safety culture

  • Just Culture ~ Ethical Behaviour

 AS9100 safety-related terminology & requirements

  • Safety Management System & Product safety

  • Terms and definitions (AS9100)

  • Requirements (AS9100)

  • Relationship between the SMS and the QMS

  • Exercise: Explaining safety and product safety

Regulatory safety-related terminology & requirements

  • Aeronautical (type certificated) ‘products’

  • Aeronautical articles (parts and appliances)

  • Aeronautical ‘critical parts/components’

  • EASA – Design organization (SMS-related requirements)

  • EASA – Production organization (SMS-related requirements)

  • EASA – MRO organization (SMS-related requirements)

  • Exercise: Explaining regulatory SMS-related requirements

Safety policy

  • Safety policy purpose and commitments

  • Specimen safety policy (#1) – complex organization

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

  • Exercise: Acceptability of a safety policy

 Safety objectives and goals

  • Requirements for safety objectives

  • Example of annual safety objectives

  • Guidance on safety objectives

  • Examples of quantified safety objectives

  • Exercise: Suggestions for realistic safety objectives

 SMS documentation and the Safety Management Manual (SMM)

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

  • SM-0001 – Guidance for ICAO Annex 19 framework

  • SMS scope, personnel and documentation

  • Appointment of key safety personnel

  • Safety Manager’s role in SMS

  • Safety Management Manual

  • SMS Manual contents (complex organization)

  • SMS Manual contents (non-complex organization)

  • UK CAA SMS guidance and ‘gap analysis’ tools

  • Exercise: SMS documentation and the Safety Management Manual (SMM)

Hazard identification and risk analysis

  • Hazards/Events and Risks

  • Hazard/Event identification tools

  • The bow-tie diagram

  • Exercise: Identification of safety hazards

  • Hazard log development and management

Safety risk management and mitigation

  • Hazard/Event risk identification

  • Hazard/Event taxonomy

  • Hazard/Event risk assessment

  • Risk analysis and quantification

  • Risk mitigation process

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

Safety assurance, performance, data & records, meetings and auditing

  • Safety assurance

  • Safety performance monitoring, measurement and review

  • 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 and continuous improvement of the SMS

Safety promotion, training, communication and awareness

  • Understanding safety promotion

  • The role of training, education and communication

  • Quick quiz: Safety promotion, training, communication and awareness

Emergency response planning

  • Emergency response plan

  • Emergency response planning process

  • Exercise: Safety promotion and Emergency response planning

Benefits of an effective Safety Management System

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

  • Benefits for organizations

  • Benefits for all stakeholders

  • Exercise: Benefits for organizations and stakeholders

Extended question and answer session

  • Receive your Training Certificate

Who should attend

This practical and highly interactive 1-day course has been designed specifically for Management Teams.

By the end of the course, participants will understand what has to be done to create and implement an effective SMS suitable for their organizations. Details include operator, process, and product safety and how to deploy safety practices and culture which can affect the safety outcomes of their organization.

Deliverables & benefits

All participants will receive a training certificate containing the internationally-recognized TEC Transnational logo ~ confirming their understanding and interpretation of SMS requirements from a ‘top team’ perspective.


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