Introduction to Safety Management Systems

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 concepts for Safety Management Systems (SMS) to be understood in terms of ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices.

The course was developed by the UK CAA’s SMS experts, and contains animations and videos to bring the content to life. Working online, the course should take around 30 minutes to complete.

By the end of this online course delegates will demonstrate an understanding of the following:
• Safety management and how to apply its’ policy and principles into their working environment
• The value of an organisation having a SMS in place and the possible legal implications of not having one
• The importance of a positive safety culture
• The need for meaningful hazard identification and risk assessment to increase safety levels

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Key Topics

This training course will include the following topics:

• SMS in simple terms
• Benefits of having an effective SMS and the consequences of not having one
• Roles in a SMS – from Accountable Manager to front-line staff
• The meaning of safety and acceptable levels of safety
• Relationship between the State Safety Programme (SSP) and your organisation’s SMS
• How SMS is an integrated part of the ways of working
• Components of a safety culture

How to apply?

You can view, book and pay for our open access courses via our online booking system.

Alternatively, please contact our Training Team for more information.

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Useful Regulatory Information

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.

Course Summary
  • Type: e-Learning
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Locations: Online
  • Price: £60.00 (excl. VAT)
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Who should attend?

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

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Tailored Training

We can also tailor this training courses to suit an organisation’s individual training requirements. These bespoke training packages can be delivered in the UK or at a client’s international location. Contact us for more information.

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