Safety Management – Enduring Safety Management Principles

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Sofema Online (SOL) reviews the core elements of an effective Aviation SMS.


To provide for the most worthwhile understanding of organizational system behaviour ensure appropriate involvement of the people who are actually engaged with the tasks and workflow.

Enduring Values

Enduring values should continue to exist without any loss in quality or importance, Examples Include the Following:

» Maintain our business processes with safety, quality, and integrity.
» Ensure accountability exists throughout the organization.
» Understand individual responsibility and acceptable accountability.
» Promote a Just Culture grounded in humility, inclusion, and transparency.
» Embrace Best Practices related to Leadership and Continuous Improvement.

Consider the following key attributes of a Strong Safety Management System

» A safety reporting system which encourages and allows all employees to submit safety reports easily.
» An oversight process to ensure reports are both acted upon and that feedback is provided to the reporters.
» Risk Registers which are proactively managed kept up to date and subject to management oversight.
» The process of Risk Control, Management & Mitigation is monitored and subject to oversight by the leadership team.
» The organisation should allocate sufficient resources to meet the requirements of any required or implemented risk controls.
» The Risk Control Process should be able to address both safety issue risk assessments as well as management of change.

Safety Culture refers to the extent to which every individual within the organization is aware of the need to address the risks associated with hazards in the workplace.

A successful safety management system should:

» Encompass a Safety Culture which embraces a set of enduring values and attitudes regarding safety
» To focus on any hazards impacted by work tasks and
» To continuously strive to preserve and enhance safety
» Willing and able to adapt itself when facing safety issues
» Willing to communicate safety issues; and
» Consistently evaluate safety-related behaviour

The need for Safety Promotion

It is essential that the management engages in the continuous promotion of the safety policy. This should be evident through continuous communication in multiple forms throughout the business.

The establishment of Safety Performance Indicators (SPIs) and Safety Performance Targets (SPTs) are an essential part of the SMS and enable the organisation to Comply with the following:

» Demonstrate an Acceptable Level of Safety Performance (ALoSP)
» Show compliance with ICAO Document 9859 (issue 4)

The effective use of Safety Performance Indicators SPIs will enable the organization to demonstrate on a continuous basis the following:

» Risk controls implemented and effective
» Continuous Improvement
» Delivery of Core Objectives

Next Steps

Sofema Aviation Services (SAS) Provides Safety Management System Consultancy, Classroom, Webinar, and Online Training including the following course

For additional details, please visit our websites and or email

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