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Safety Management Systems

ICAO, EASA and FAA require that all aviation operators and maintenance organisations implement a Safety Management System (SMS). A safety management system is a series of defined, organization-wide processes that provide for effective risk-based decision-making. SMS focuses on maximising opportunities to continuously improve the overall safety of the system.

The key processes of an SMS include:

Hazard Identification

A method for identifying hazards related to your organisation.

Occurrence Reporting

A process for the acquisition of safety data.


Risk Management

A standard approach for assessing risks and for applying risk controls.

Performance Measurement

Management tools for analysing whether the organisation’s safety goals are being achieved.

Quality/Safety Assurance

Processes based on quality management principles that support continuous improvement of the organisation’s safety performance.

An effective SMS should support:

  • A top-down commitment from management and commitment from all employees to achieve safety performance goals.
  • A clear roadmap of what the SMS is and the SMS objectives.
  • A culture of open communication throughout the organization.
  • An organisational culture of continuous improvement.

This course covers the principles of introducing and maintaining a Safety Management System within an aviation organisation.

The course includes the following:

  • How will SMS benefit my organisation?
  • How does a Safety Management System differ From QMS?
  • How to build a Safety Management System
  • What are the key processes of an SMS?
  • What are the roles and responsibilities within the SMS?

This course is available at our training centre in the UK and can also be delivered as an in-company course for your organisation at your location. For in-company courses the course programme and duration can be adapted to the roles of different participant groups.

Course Schedule (Register Online)

This course can be scheduled at your facility, or at our training centre as required. Please enquire for further details on booking.