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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 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)

SMS Course

Date: 21 Feb - 23 Feb 18

Venue: GAT UK

Register Online