Blog posts tagged in Safety

SofemaOnline (SOL) considers the process whereby “Hazards” can be identified within the Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation (Part CAMO).

Introduction

Our goal is to be in a position to capture all hazards in such a way that they can be analyzed and assessed, this is one of if not the most challenging part of the organization process.  

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Sofema Online (www.sofemaonline.com) considers HF exposures related to Manpower.

Introduction

Human factors issues, specifically human errors, contribute to more aircraft incidents and accidents than any other single factor. Human errors includes errors committed by maintenance personnel and others who have a direct impact on flight safety.

It is important that Organisations ensure that manpower availability is closely aligned to the specific needs. Managers and Supervisors should also be attuned to how the work environment is affecting employees to ensure harmony and balance (lack of balance can lead to fatigue & stress).

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

Presented by SofemaOnline - a service provided by Sofema Aviation Services, offering a range of EASA, FAA and other leading regulatory compliant and vocational online courses, many with voice over.

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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Introduction

Steve Bentley CEO of Sofema Aviation Services www.sassofia.com & Sofema Online www.sofemaonline.com takes a look at what the forthcoming EASA changes to Part 145 will look like and what they could mean for Quality, Safety & Management Personnel. 

Name Change QM/QAM to CM 

In keeping with “Management System” understanding from Regulation 965/2012, the previous role title of Quality Manager or Quality Assurance Manager is essentially dropped with the focus again on Compliance Management. So again we will see either Compliance Manager or Quality Manager responsible for Compliance. 

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Presented by Sofema Aviation Services (www.sassofia.com) and Sofema Online (www.sofemaonline.com)

Within the EASA Part 145 environment SMS is inextricably linked to HF working and behaviours, as well as culture and attitude within the workplace.

What does a “GOOD” Organisation look like?

Consider the following and let’s call them “Positive Organizational Characteristics”.

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Steve Bentley CEO of Sofema (www.sassofia.com) looks at the challenges and obligations related to the auditing of SMS systems.

SMS is a business system just like any other, so as part of our Compliance Auditing obligations we will be looking at the following elements as suitable for our auditing activities.

a) Management
b) Documentation
c) Competence
d) Training

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Presentation Introduction – The Aviation Quality & Safety Management Symposium - Holiday Inn Sofia Bulgaria – Tues May 14th & Wed May 15th 2019  

If you are engaged in Aviation Quality & Safety Management this is your one "must attend" event of the year.

Here is your opportunity to engage with a professional who has decades of experience and is able to rise to the challenge of any Airport Security issue and to share an understanding regarding best practice solutions.

For event details please see the following link:

https://sassofia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/General_Updated_3.pdf 

Introduction

Related to SMS Quality Assurance has 2 distinct roles:

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Presentation Introduction – The Aviation Quality & Safety Management Symposium - Holiday Inn Sofia Bulgaria – Tues May 14th & Wed May 15th 2019

If you are engaged in Aviation Quality & Safety Management this is your one "must attend" event of the year.

Presentation by Adam Sider

Adam has held multiple key positions such as, OCC manager, Director – Quality Assurance and Director – Flight Operations Center

In addition he played a significant role in establishing and setting up flight dispatch and OCCs for international and local airlines operating over 1600 flights a month, in addition to providing full mentorship programs.

With this extended experience, I have achieved expert working knowledge within flight dispatch, safety & quality, DGR and training.

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Presentation Introduction – The Aviation Quality & Safety Management Symposium - Holiday Inn Sofia Bulgaria – Tues May 14th & Wed May 15th 2019

A presentation on effective measurement of safety system performance. Davit Mazmishvili, M.Sc.Eng CEO at Aviation Innovative Solutions Group has a broad technical knowledge of airline operations, an experienced aircraft commander and training pilot hands-on experience, in setting up the Safety Management System, Emergency Response Plan, and Aviation Security Management Systems.

If you are engaged in Aviation Quality & Safety Management this is your one "must attend" event of the year.

Here is your opportunity to engage with a professional who has decades of experience and is able to rise to the challenge of any Airport Security issue and to share an understanding regarding best practice solutions.

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James Pike Managing Director of JP International Training Ltd will be presenting on the subject of Auditing Airport Security with the focus on understanding and address the various challenges

Presentation Introduction – The Aviation Quality & Safety Management Symposium - Holiday Inn Sofia Bulgaria – Tues May 14th & Wed May 15th 2019

If you are engaged in Aviation Quality & Safety Management this is your one "must attend" event of the year.

Here is your opportunity to engage with a professional who has decades of experience and is able to rise to the challenge of any Airport Security issue and to share an understanding regarding best practice solutions.

For event details please see the following link:

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This Subject is presented, considered and discussed during the forthcoming Aviation Quality & Safety Management Symposium 2019 May 14 & May 15 at the Holiday Inn Sofia. 

The acceptance of the CEO, the Safety Manager and, executive team depends on a thin line between a real mistake and negligence or unacceptable conduct.

Without an effective and thriving safety culture, there will never be a fully functioning SMS.

If you are engaged in Aviation Quality & Safety Management this is your one "must attend" event of the year.

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Find out how you can improve and develop your current Flight Data Monitoring System by attending The Aviation Quality & Safety Management Symposium 2019 Holiday Inn Sofia Bulgaria on May 14th & 15th

‘If you are engaged in Aviation Quality & Safety Management in an EASA Environment this is your one ‘must attend’ event of the year’

Introduce your OPS Team to Aerosight Flight Data Monitoring Software

▪ See a Presentation and Understand the benefits of the Software
▪ Update regarding Challenges Facing Quality, Safety & Security Business Areas
▪ Network with Industry Colleagues

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A Discussion Paper by Steve Bentley Group CEO of Sofema Aviation Services www.sassofia.com

Clearing up the Basic Stuff

SMS is not QMS by another name they are both separate and both significantly important QMS together with Quality Assurance (QA) strives to deliver a fully compliant product or process, whereas SMS considers the risk associated with any & all business risks. SMS is both subjective & forward looking. A fully functioning Safety Management System contributes to the viability of the organisation by addressing safety risk.

SMS should focus on real-time performance monitoring and reporting together with effective data analysis – a major challenge being to consider how to capture the required data across the business in a valid way.

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Sofema Aviation Services www.sassofia.com considers the steps necessary to deliver an effective Organisational Aviation Safety Management System (SMS)

For Any Organizational Project to be successful it must have ownership, an agreed timeline and sufficient resources to accomplish.

The Importance of Manpower Commitment

Note 1 – How does the organisation ensure there is sufficient manpower – what is the mechanism to assess – who is responsible and how does the Accountable Manager know he has this correct.

Note 2 – How does the AM ensure sufficient financial commitment to the delivery of a successful SMS – how is this represented and measured?

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Within the Aviation Safety Management System it is necessary to develop effective methods of both Top Down & Bottom up Communication.

How to measure the current status of the communication effectiveness?

Consider a Communication Audit!

A communication audit is a thorough evaluation of the organization’s ability to deliver information to every level with the organisation.

Essential the communication audit looks at both the internal mechanisms as well as the external communications for example:

a) With Contract Organizations – Data Exchange Methods!
b) With Sub Contract Service Providers (Direct Oversight)
c) Delivering information to the Front Line
d) Dealing with the challenge of the Iceberg or Ignorance

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Sofema Aviation Services www.sassofia.com considers the major challenges

Introduction

Without doubt an Effective Aviation Safety Management System (SMS) provides industry with a key driver to manage the various elements, which together can support the lowering of the exposure and lead to a reduction of incidents and accidents.

The crux of implementing an effective safety management system (SMS) is not just in defining it, but effectively implementing it throughout the business with everyone acting as a stakeholder and engaging with the organisations processes.

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SofemaOnline (www.sofemaonline.com) takes a look at fire safety.

Understanding simple rules can help us to do the right thing when we are faced with a Fire Emergency.

Ensuring Fire safety means understanding the set of practices which are intended to reduce the exposure to the risk of Fire under any circumstances.

Fire safety measures include all activities and behaviours which are intended to prevent the possibility of an uncontrolled fire.

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Practical guide to Fire & Safety Risk Assessment

What is Fire Safety Risk Assessment?

Essentially it is the process of considering any aspect within the workplace which could cause harm to people or premises from fire. To determine both the possibility of a fire occurring together with the potential dangers from fire.

What do we Meaning by Risk?

“Fire Risk” or “Potential” can be defined as the Likelihood of a fire occurring multiplied by the Severity of the fire.

The potential of a fire hazard depends on the “opportunity for development” of a fire which originates from the hazard and then develops the potential consequences related to the loss or injury of both life & property.

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Considering the relationship between Aviation Quality and Aviation Safety, together with the relationship between Quality Assurance Auditing and Safety Assurance Auditing in Aviation

Often it is apparent there is some confusion between the specific functions of the two different undertakings namely a quality assurance management system and that of a safety assurance management system.

So consider that Quality is essentially looking at compliance, and Safety is looking at Risk.
In essence Quality Assurance is determining gaps based on non compliance with either the regulatory requirements or organisational requirements.

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