Safety Management Systems

What is the role of safety management in your organisation ?

Sometimes safety management is only seen as a necessity, or for compliance reasons. Few organisations use it as an integral part of their core business and the operational processes. And very rarely is it part of strategy planning. However, as risk and reward mostly go hand in hand, really understanding what you are good at and knowing how to manage this enables your organisation to achieve operational excellence.

Safety management is about protecting your organisation against undesired outcomes and helping to prevent not just incidents and accidents, but operational and financial inefficiencies and losses too.

The promotion of Safety Management Systems by regulators around the world is increasingly giving way to mandatory implementation requirements. However, the generalised nature of the compliance guidelines can leave you wondering how to approach SMS from a practical perspective.

 

sydney helicopters

 

Sydney Helicopters engaged ASI to develop an integrated SMS for our daily operations, and they quickly demonstrated their depth of knowledge and experience in the safety aspects of our industry. The SMS that they delivered bore fruit almost immediately, leading to our winning a new three-year contract for aerial surveillance.

Mark Harrold, Managing Director, Sydney Helicopters

Historically, with the introduction of new regulations, organisations have only ever been required to be compliant. However, with the latest regulations mandating Safety Management, regulators will now assess the actual performance of your Safety Management System. The challenge and opportunity is to continually enhance your Safety Management System so that it can meet regulator requirements, achieve standards of safety excellence and also contribute positively to financial performance.

  • Do you have a Safety Management System?
  • How effective is your SMS operating as a safety and business tool?
  • You have safety policies, systems and procedures but does your investment in SMS provide you with a clear picture of how safe you actually are?
  • Does your SMS let you actively measure safety improvements

Being able to actually measure safety performance provides the difference between hoping and knowing you are safe.

ASI’s Role

ASI consultants can assist your organisation in:

  • Development and implementation of the Safety Management System
  • Initial approvals advice and regulator liaison
  • Ongoing review and improvement of the SMS
  • Generation of documentation

The good news is that your organisation may have many of the components already in place and it becomes more a question of structure and integration rather than having to ‘re-invent the wheel’. By providing a customised solution that fits your specific circumstances, ASI seeks to minimise the cost of implementation by maximising the use of existing resources and knowledge. Working with your organisation during the development process ensures that your SMS is not reliant on consultant control; that it is understood by all your staff and can be managed and evolved internally.

ASI do not produce generic manuals, instead we work with each organisation to ensure the SMS is useful, effective and suits the needs of the operator. To do this we ensure that the SMS manual for your company is integrated with your current manual suite and operational systems.  ASI tailors the  Safety Management System for your organisation.

A successful SMS needs to be more than a document that sits on a back shelf gathering dust until the next time the regulator comes over. Whilst meeting regulatory requirements is certainly a key objective, the development and implementation of an integrated SMS can deliver real benefits to the bottom line such as accident and incident cost reductions and reduced risk exposure. It can reposition “safety” from a cost centre to a profit centre and in a highly competitive commercial aviation marketplace, having the edge over the competition is always welcome.

  • Flight Operations
  • Maintenance
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Air Traffic Services
  • Aerodromes
  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Emergency Response Plans
  • Infection Control Plans

 

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