SMS has become the global standard for organizational safety in aviation. Additionally, SMS is being applied to many other high-reliability organizations and industries, where even small errors or equipment failures can have serious or even catastrophic consequences. These include healthcare, transportation, utilities, security, first responders and many similar enterprises.
SMS is a standardized, structured and disciplined approach to safety, which can be adapted to the specific needs of an organization or operation.
Currently required (and subject to regulatory audit) for all FAR Part 121 airline operations, SMS will likely be required in 2022 for Part 135 and Part 145 operations. In the U.S., the requirements are governed by 14 CFR Part 5, and are fully described in FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 120-92B.
It has been assumed by many that an SMS requirement has been satisfied simply by having a means in place to capture concerns or to report incidents. This is not true, as such a system is only one element of the four elements required to claim a functional SMS.
Critical Reliability Consulting (CRC) has deep experience in helping to establish and operate a fully-functional SMS. Our training partners at TrainingPort.net provide a robust online SMS training solution and CRC will advise, design and train as required, to accommodate the specific SMS needs of your organization. One size does not fit all and a key feature of SMS is that it can be scoped and tailored to fit any operation.
Safety is often a “hard sell,” mainly because measuring the benefits of what did not happen (avoiding accidents and incidents) is so elusive. But consider the costs – the measurable costs – of the countless accidents which actually have occurred, but could have been avoided altogether through employment of proven risk management strategies used in programs such as SMS. Our goal is to help prevent our clients from ever becoming the next case study!