EASA Part CAMO Introduction to Safety Management and HF

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Sofema Online considers the connection between Aviation Human Factors and Safety Management within the workplace.

Human Factors awareness should be integrated throughout our safety management systems including training, supervision, procedures, workplace design, risk assessment and emergency arrangements


Once we take the view that Humans do not deliberately make mistakes we start to understand the importance of mitigating any “perceived” exposures by understanding how humans and human behavior can most safely and efficiently be integrated within the business roles which we need to perform.

The primary role of the CAMO is to both ensure and manage the Continuing Airworthiness of the fleet. In doing so, it is important to achieve a balance between the various factors which combine to deliver “Production” in respect of documentation, oversight & control and “Protection” in respect of Quality & Safety Systems.

Managing Standards (Quality Control) by ensuring safe operations and minimizing human exposure across the business. In addition, engaging with an active Safety Management System across the business will help to develop appropriate mitigations for any identified exposure. Finally a strong Quality Assurance Audit Process to independently assess compliance across the business.

Every business area owner or manager faces the challenge of the two P’s – Production & Protection specifically:

a) Balancing Production (performing their mission as a product or service provider)

b) Providing Protection (conducting safe operations or providing safe products).

Ensuring Manpower & Resources

It is essential to allocate appropriate resources to ensure that the correct balance is provided between production & protection.

Managers of these organizations must maintain a delicate balance between these elements in order to provide efficient, cost-effective services as well as a positive return on investment, all the while maintaining acceptable margins of safety.

Social Behaviour & Organisational Culture

The concept of culture is always associated with the collective knowledge, beliefs, and behaviours of members of a group.

Organizational culture refers to the way that the business is able to engage with its employees at all levels in the organisation and communicate the safety message in a good way.

Key indicators which can be used as a measure of the effectiveness of the cultural interaction can be referenced against any of the following aspects:

a) How such an organization sets priorities

b) Identifies hazards

c) Allocates resources

d) Manages safety risks

e) Establishes Cultural Fundamentals

The Following Elements relate to a Safety Management System in a CAMO Environment:

I/  A person or group of persons fulfilling the role of safety manager

II/ Processes for hazard identification, including incident investigation and an internal safety reporting scheme

III/ Processes for safety risk assessment, analysis, mitigation and follow-up

IV/ Implementation of an internal safety reporting scheme

V/ Safety action planning, including the establishment of a Safety Review Board (SRB) composed of line managers, the accountable manager and the safety manager

VI/ Safety performance monitoring to ensure that safety objectives will be met

VII/ Emergency response planning

VIII/ Process for the management of change, in particular to manage related risks, making use of the safety risk management processes

IX/ Safety training, including human factors training and safety promotion

X/ Record-keeping related to management system key processes.


Next Steps 

Please see Sofema Aviation Services www.sassofia.com and SofemaOnline www.sofemaonline.com for details of available EASA, FAA & other regulatory & vocational compliant training.

For Classroom, Webinar & Online in support of the above subjects - please email office@sassofia.com or online@sassofia.com


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