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SAFETY SPOTLIGHT
OUR PREVIOUS NEWSLETTER COVERED THE
THIRD PILLAR OF AN AVIATION SAFETY
MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (SMS): SAFETY
ASSURANCE. Without conscious intent, I
strayed into the fourth pillar of SMS, Safety
Promotion, because the step of systematically
measuring and tracking safety risk
performance and effectiveness doesn't do
much to contribute to safety by itself. Frankly,
the safety assurance step is little more than
an academic exercise if the data gathered
isn't shared and acted upon through safety
promotion. Safety promotion is an essential
pillar; some may argue safety promotion is the
most important pillar: it's where the rubber
meets the road, you may say.
Safety promotion is an essential
pillar; some may argue safety
promotion is the most important
pillar: it's where the rubber
meets the road, you may say.
We previously discussed using FOQA data
to measure aircraft performance data, safety
exceedances or deviations and their rate of
occurrence, and utilizing operational reports
through programs such as ASAP to understand
why those deviations are occurring. To
demonstrate safety assurance, we spoke with
a 757/767 Standards Check Airman and Safety
Department team member with a large Part 121
cargo operator, Chris Fitz. He discussed the safety
assurance process and highlighted that " when we
pinpoint some problem, and we don't want to wait
weeks to get it into the charts, we send out notices
to the crews right away. " That, right there, is safety
promotion. Sending out notices to the crews
would be an action categorized under the safety
promotion pillar of SMS.
Safety promotion involves supplying
individuals with the necessary training to
maintain and improve an SMS. Sharing safety
findings, promoting safety considerations
specific to the operation, and providing
safety-enhancing training are all key
components of safety promotion. Foremost,
every organization member must understand
their role in the SMS to make it effective.
Duties and responsibilities are laid out in the
SMS Safety Policy (pillar one).
Through safety promotion, individuals
should be taught how to fulfill specific duties
and responsibilities as laid out in their
organization's safety policy. They should be
instructed on how to analyze and measure
risk, how to mitigate risks within their
Video Courtesy of the FAA.
Safety Promotion is the fourth major component of an SMS.
organization, how to report hazards, and what
their role is in promoting safe practices. This
instruction must be specifically directed at
individuals' roles and the tools and resources
used in their organization.
Let's say your flight department uses a program
that quantifies hazards associated with each
flight. The tool assigns a score for fatigue,
weather, runway condition, maintenance, etc.,
where, if you exceed a set threshold, you'll need
to discuss mitigation options with the chief
pilot or consider postponing or canceling a
flight. All crewmembers must receive training
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https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/advisory_circulars/index.cfm/go/document.information/documentid/1026670 https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/advisory_circulars/index.cfm/go/document.information/documentid/1026670 https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/four-key-components-sms-safety-promotion-crosschecks/ https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/four-key-components-sms-safety-promotion-crosschecks/

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