Introduction to Safety

4-hour course | Virtual Training
  • Virtual training delivery during COVID-19
  • Learn what is Safety Management Systems (SMS)
  • Learn how to apply SMS principles into the working environment
  • Explore the benefits of the SMS and the importance of a positive safety culture
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Course overview

What is a Safety Management System?

A Safety Management System (SMS) within any aviation organisation provides a systematic approach to managing safety. For an SMS to be effective, there must be the necessary organisational structures, accountabilities, responsibilities, policies and procedures.  An effective SMS should enable an organisation to identify hazards, assess risks and can be the mechanism to continuously improve safety performance.

Course Overview

If you work in aviation, it is likely that you have heard of Safety Management Systems (SMS).  However, are you really clear on what a SMS is and what is expected of you?  This course provides delegates with an introductory knowledge of safety management principle and the concepts for Safety Management Systems (SMS). It is based on ICAO, EASA and CAA regulations and guidance material.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for individuals working in the aviation industry who require an introduction to Safety Management Systems to fulfill their role in contributing to safety.

Key topics

This training course will include the following topics:

  • The meaning of safety and common definitions
  • SMS in simple terms
  • Benefits of having an effective SMS
  • Roles and responsibilities in the SMS
  • Safety risk management in practice
  • Safety culture and safety reporting

Course objectives

The course will be delivered by the UK CAA’s SMS experts through presentation, videos and group discussions.

By the end of this course delegates will demonstrate an understanding of the following:

  • Safety management principles and how to apply them into their working environment
  • The value and benefits of an organisation having a SMS in place
  • The benefits of an SMS on the individual and their own safety and performance
  • The importance of a positive safety culture
  • The importance of a reporting system and how it can be used to improve safety
  • Safety risk management at an individual and organisational level


Delegates should be familiar with the aviation environment in the context of safety.

Further reading

UK CAA CAP 795 Safety Management Systems (SMS) Guidance for Organisations
This document provides guidance on the implementation of Safety Management Systems (SMS). It has been developed to give sufficient understanding of SMS concepts to implement and maintain an effective SMS. It reflects and meets the requirements of ICAO Annex 19 and EASA Management System Implementing Rules.

ICAO Safety Management Manual (SMM)
Provide Member States with guidance on the development and implementation of a State Safety Programme (SSP), in accordance with the International Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs)

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.

Delivery Methods: Virtual

This course can be delivered virtually.

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Course type:

  • Web = Virtual online delivery using WebEx video conferencing. We have applied a 5% discount to all our virtual course deliveries. Unless stated otherwise, our virtual courses are streamed live, starting at 09:00 am (UK time).
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Introduction to Safety Instructor

Introduction to Safety Instructor

Simon Roberts

Simon Roberts

Leading on Aviation Safety
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Root Cause Analysis

Simon has 40 years aviation experience working with airlines and aviation maintenance organisations. He has been working over 21 years for the UK CAA and during last 9 years he was responsible for the Safety Management System (SMS) policy and strategy across the UK CAA. He has led international projects for SMS and State Safety Programs (SSP) working with ICAO, EASA and other regulators. Simon is also a maintenance Human Factors specialist and co-chairs the EASA Human Factors Collaborative Analysis Group (CAG). Using his extensive experience, Simon has been instructing SMS and SSP training worldwide.

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