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One of the most important aspects of an SMS program is the safety assurance function. The basics of SMS call for identifying all of the risks associated with your aviation operation. You then analyze ...

One of the most important aspects of an SMS program is the safety assurance function. The basics of SMS call for identifying all of the risks associated with your aviation operation. You then analyze these risks to determine what risks are acceptable and which risks are not acceptable.

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  • ICAO SMS - Safety Assurance By Brian Bowie www.themanualmasters.com Photo Courtesy of MeHere at www.sxc.hu Need an SMS Manual or SMS Training?Get Yours Today For Less Money, Less Time and Less Headache www.themanualmasters.com
  • One of the most important aspects of an SMS program is thesafety assurance function. The basics of SMS call for identifyingall of the risks associated with your aviation operation. Youthen analyze these risks to determine what risks are acceptableand which risks are not acceptable. For any risks that areunacceptable, procedures are developed to mitigate that risk toan acceptable level of risk. If mitigation is not possible thatparticular operation will not be allowed in the future due to thehigh level of risk.
  • However just because the risk was identified, analyzed andmitigated does not mean it was actually reduced to anacceptable level. The safety assurance function of an SMS isdesigned to ensure that your new procedures and processes formitigating risks are acceptable and actually working. Yourprocedures may not keep your risk within an acceptable levelbecause of two main factors. The first reason is that they areflawed in some way. Unfortunately no procedure is perfect andany process or procedure will have its flaws and imperfections.These flaws and imperfections can lead to a situation where theprocedure you just designed is not working as intended and therisk was not mitigated.The other reason that your risk may not be mitigated is becauseof individuals disregarding the new procedure and policy by notfollowing it correctly. They also may not be doing it all. Thereasons they are not following the procedure could be one ofmany. It may because they were not trained correctly and donot know how to carry out the procedure correctly. It may alsobe due to the fact that they do not understand the importanceof the new procedure and have decided it is not worth theeffort to actually follow the new procedure.
  • When either of these factors occurs, the outcome will be at ahigher level of risk than what was anticipated when theprocedure was originally developed. This increased level of riskmay become unacceptable. If a company only conducts safetyrisk management and does not follow up with safety assurance,this high level of risk would likely not be identified. An accidentor incident is likely in the future.
  • This is why the safety assurance function of an ICAO SMS is soimportant. This process will allow you to identify if newprocesses and procedures that are not working as designedleading to an unacceptable level of risk. These hazards can beidentified and then corrected before they lead to an incident oraccident.
  • An ICAO SMS is basically a continuous decision making processloop. You will identify risks. You will then develop proceduresto mitigate these risks. Once these procedures are in place youwill keep analyzing your operation to ensure that you aremaintaining your desired level of risk. If any procedures are notworking as planned or you identify new risks, they will beanalyzed and fixed using the safety risk managementprocedures. Then the loop continues as these new proceduresare continually analyzed and then fixed as need.
  • Without safety assurance, your operations safety will be atjeopardy due to the missing ingredient in the ICAO SMS loop. Itis not enough to just analyze your risk but you need to monitorit as well.Author InformationBrian Bowie has over 10 years of aviation management for bothFAR Part 121 and 135 airline operations. Check out his easysolution for an SMS system that can be implemented in a costeffective and efficient manner. Get started today and have yourSMS program within a week. Do not delay; get your SMSmanual at www.themanualmasters.com