SofemaOnline takes a looks at NPA 2018-11

The objective of this Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) is to improve the level of safety related to the minimum syllabus of maintenance certifying staff (MCS) type rating training (TRT), enabling design approval holders (DAHs) that comply with Annex I (Part 21) of Regulation (EU) No 748/2012 to identify the technical elements necessary to be addressed for the purpose of training of maintenance certifying staff involved in the maintenance of their products.

In addition, the intent is to ensure an adequate minimum syllabus standard at organisations that comply with Annex IV (Part-147) to Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014.

This NPA proposes:

The first issue of Certification Specification on Maintenance Certifying Staff (MCS) data (CS-MCSD) and the associated Guidance Material (GM);

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It is important to ensure that all employees are aware of how to act in the event of a workplace emergency. Whilst not every person needs to be qualified as a fire marshal or Emergency First Aid Responder, it is important that a number of employees are "highly trained" and all employees have an general awareness of all potential emergencies and how to proceed.

All employees should understand what constitutes an emergency or disaster at the workplace?

Additionally, to understand:

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SofemaOnline takes a deep dive into Root Cause Analysis (RCA)

Introduction - What Do We Mean when we talk about "Root Cause"?

This is the first challenge and typically causes must confusion across the business with some people believing there is always a “single” root cause to a particular issue or problem.

In fact, as we will quickly see there can indeed be multiple root causes associated with a single problem.

The purpose of the Root Cause Analysis is to understand the causal factors that contribute to a particular event.

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Introduction to Hazards & Risk 

Hazard - Consider that a Hazard has the potential to disrupt or cause harm in some way - this does not in any way mean that it will - simply it can.

Risk - When we look at risk we are trying to determine how great is our exposure to the perceived hazard. So risk is subjective and the more effective the risk analysis and mitigation process the less likely we are to suffer the consequence of a “hazard”.

Reality Check 1 - Maintenance professionals are of course human and therefore prone to human error. Therefore acceptance of vulnerability and potential exposure is the first step in taking responsibility and avoiding risk-taking behaviours. 

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As part of the proposals to be found in forthcoming regulation NPA 2019-05 (C) SMS will be introduced into the EASA 145 Environment

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Introduction - Safety Management Systems (SMS) - Nothing New?

SMS became an ICAO requirement as of Jan 2009 and EASA is late to embed SMS within the “145” environment. However, there is a very important aspect of SMS to consider and it is this. 

The fact that everyone is “familiar” with SMS is a source of potential challenge and even “danger”. Why? - Familiarity Breeds Contempt (Hear that one before?)

Ask your colleague to explain to you the difference between Hazard & Risk or The Difference between Compliance Auditing (Quality Assurance) and Safety Auditing, and you will see the point!

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