A Question for All EASA Part 145 Accountable Managers, Nominated Post Holders & Quality Managers

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How Effective is your Maintenance Error Management System (MEMS)?

The basic MEDA philosophy is based on an understanding that people do not intentionally make errors and that organizational factors play a significant and contributory role.

It is widely recognized that the majority of causal and contributory factors leading to an error can be managed. In addition developing root cause understandings, leads to a wider and more effective mitigation process.

Where do you Stand?

How many of the following questions can you answer?

a) What is the difference between a Hazard & a Risk?
b) What is the difference between Risk & Exposure?
c) What is the difference between Direct Cause - Root Cause & Contributing Causes?
d) Can Direct Cause & Root Cause be the same?
e) How informed are you regarding the effectiveness of your internal reporting system?
f) What is your level of reporting?

i/ Low - I typically report 2 or 3 times each year
ii/ Med - I typically report 3 to 5 times each year
iii/ Hi - I typically report more than 5 times each year

g) How could the level of reporting within the organisation be improved?
h) Is Boeing MEDA considered a proactive or reactive system now?
i) Same question as above (h) but this time when it was introduced in the mid 90’s - Proactive or Reactive?
j) So why is there a difference?

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Final Comments

Where there is a will there is a way - means a small change of mindset can result in a significant reduction in exposure which on a good day can also generate financial benefits be reducing losses and improving efficiency across the business areas.

Who are SAS?

Sofema Aviation Services has been delivering Safety Management System (SMS) & Maintenance Error Management System (MEMS) Training since 2008.

Did you Know?

Maintenance Error Management System & MEDA Training Program is the Newest Course on SofemaOnline www.sofemaonline.com

This training takes the understanding of the entire MEDA process to a deeper level so that following the training the Delegate will be able to:

a) Develop comprehensive understandings of the MEDA process
b) Understand effective techniques for training your own employees in the implementation of MEDA systems
c) Undertake Case Study analysis and practice completion of the MEDA Results form and Interview Process

Contacting Sofema Aviation Services (SAS) & SofemaOnline (SOL)

During 2018 more than 4000 students received training from Sofema Aviation Services (www.sassofia.com) and SofemaOnline (www.sofemaonline.com)

For additional details of available courses as well as consultancy please see our websites or email us at office@sassofia.com or online@sassofia.com

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