Effective Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMS)
3-day course | Classroom, Virtual & In-company training
- Classroom courses in London Gatwick
- Delivered by UK CAA regulators and FRMS experts
- Learn to identify and manage the risk of fatigue
- Master the use of fatigue metrics to assess fatigue risk
What is a Fatigue Risk Management System?
Fatigue is a safety issue and recognised risk for all safety critical workers. A Fatigue Risk Management System (FRMS) is a systematic and data driven approach to managing fatigue risks. An FRMS develops a deeper collaborative understanding of the impact of fatigue within an organisations operational context and on those working within it. It aims to effectively and proactively manage identified real world fatigue risks to minimise their impact on safety.
Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMS) are a crucial safety system for aviation organisations. This course provides the bespoke tools for understanding fatigue risk by focusing on developing an understanding of fatigue science and the tools used to gather objective and subjective data.
It will develop delegates understanding on how to develop and use organisational context specific fatigue metrics to assess their fatigue risks. While the course will use examples from airline use of FRMS, it will also provide both ATC and engineering and shift worker examples and research.
This course is suitable for personnel involved in the management of fatigue in safety critical workers, for whom fatigue is a risk factor. This includes aircrew, air traffic controllers, and maintenance engineers, as they all have either ICAO or EASA fatigue management regulatory requirements.
This course would also be of value for those managing the shift or rostering system of all the other types of safety critical worker, where fatigue would still need to be managed through the SMS.
Tangible benefits have been identified by Safety Managers, Rostering Managers, Operational Managers and Regulatory personnel with a fatigue management remit.
This training course will include the following topics:
- The use of scientific research in FRMS
- The use of scientific research within an airline operation
- Bespoke fatigue metrics for risk assessment and risk assurance
- How to develop a safety case
- Assessing overall effectiveness of the FRMS
With guidance from your UK CAA expert instructors, the delegates will gain an understanding in:
- FRMS and how it integrates within the organisations SMS
- The differences between fatigue management under SMS and under an FRMS
- A deeper understanding of fatigue research science tools used to gather objective and subjective data.
- Using fatigue metrics to conduct the fatigue assurance functions required of your FRMS
- Developing an effective reporting policy
- Common challenges in developing an effective system
- Importance of an open reporting culture
- Effective fatigue training and safety promotion
During the course, you will benefit from real-life examples of successful approaches taken by other organisations.
By the end of the course, you will be able to develop your own fatigue risk safety case and seek a variation from prescriptive limitations to develop an effective reporting policy.
Delegates should be familiar with the management of fatigue in an operational environment and have a basic understanding of the ICAO SMS framework.
Meet your Instructors
Kathryn has worked in aviation since 1989 and is an aircrew fatigue management expert. Her experience includes: working for an airline; being a UK CAA auditor; and Head of Scheduling for the British Airline Pilots Union. Kathryn returned to the UK CAA in 2008 and has worked on flight time limitations and fatigue risk management systems and is currently focused on the delivery of the UK CAA’s human factors programme. She has been a member and chair of various European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) rulemaking groups and International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)’s Fatigue Risk Management and Human Performance Task Forces. Kathryn also holds a Masters in Air Safety Management.
We offer two different ways to attend this course:
- Face-to-Face Classroom Course: Embrace the traditional learning method by attending our physical training venue. Benefit from direct interaction with our instructors and fellow participants, creating an immersive and hands-on learning experience. To book a classroom course, please check the booking table at the top of this page and select your preferred training venue location.
- Instructor-Led Virtual Course: Enjoy the flexibility of attending this training remotely from your home or office with our live virtual course. Engage in interactive learning from anywhere in the world. What’s more, we have applied a 5% discount on our virtual course. We usually use WebEx or Zoom for our virtual courses. To attend this course virtually, look for the ‘online’ venue option in the booking table above.
Please note that course durations may vary slightly between our face-to-face and virtual deliveries. Please refer to the start and end date of your chosen course.
Our goal is to offer flexible, effective and convenient course delivery methods that suit your preferences and learning needs. Please choose the option that works best for you!
If you can’t see a classroom or virtual option, we likely haven’t released the next set of dates. Please get in touch to find out when we’ll announce the new dates, and we’ll be sure to keep you informed once they are available or even add you to our waiting list.
Useful Regulatory Information
ICAO Manual for the Oversight of Fatigue Management Approaches
Describes the oversight of fatigue management approaches. It has been designed to be read in association with one or more of the relevant implementation manuals, depending on the professional group being regulated and monitored.
ICAO Annex 19 “Safety Management”
ICAO Annex 19 was published in 2013 and outlines the safety management responsibilities of Member States, service providers within those States, and international general aviation operators conducting operations of large or turbojet airplanes.