USC Aviation Safety and Security
6033 West Century Blvd. Ste. 920
Los Angeles CA 90045

Aviation Safety Management Systems

Dates:February 22 - March 5, 2021
Meets:M, Tu, W, Th and F from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, 10 sessions
Location:LAX Campus
Instructor:Instructor Information
Fee: $3,750.00Fee Breakdown

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A Safety Management System (SMS) is now a requirement for international commercial aircraft operators, international airports, and air traffic services. The standards and implementing procedures for SMS have been established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). All 191 countries that are members of ICAO have established or are establishing regulatory requirements for the implementation of SMS. This course teaches how organi-zations can establish a SMS within the context of their current safety system that meets the basic international standards of ICAO. The SMS Framework serves as a central foundation for this course.

SMS is a safety system by which an organization takes a more ac-tive role in the identification, analysis and mitigation of safety is-sues that occur in the normal operation of their organization. SMS requires that organizational management take responsibility for the company’s safety program. The SMS approach requires the safe-ty/quality team be educated in their duties and responsibilities. This course will provide you with the essential skills needed to manage an organizational Safety Management System (SMS). The attendee will be able to manage a Safety Management System that includes risk management, audits, data collection, analysis, and incident investigations.

This course is designed for the individual responsible for planning or directing an aviation Safety Management System program. Fundamentals in systems organization and structure provide the individual with the essential skills and methodology needed to plan and manage an effective program. Emphasis is placed on under-standing the principles of risk management, identifying program development strategies, audits and applying the knowledge toward effective management systems and interoperability with Quality Assurance.

Objectives: To provide the individual with the skills and practical methods to plan, manage and maintain an effective Aviation Safety Management System (SMS).

Who Should Attend: Individuals responsible for planning, directing or managing an aviation safety program and supervisors who are required to supervise an accident prevention/risk management program. This includes airline, commuter, corporate, fixed base operator, government, insurance, hospital emergency medical service, law enforcement and airport management.

Course Outline

  1. Safety Management Systems (SMS)
        Accident Prevention Concepts/Methods
        Safety Systems
        Safety Risk Management
        The Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) Process
        Human Factors
        Root Cause Analysis
        International Procedures
        Interaction with Quality Assurance
        Education and Training
        Corporate Safety Culture
        Motivating Safe Behavior
        Role of Management
        Safety Climates/Management Styles
        Cost of Accidents
        Risk Identification
        Incident Investigation
        Change Management Process
        Risk Management and Risk Assessment
        Report Writing
        Airfield Safety
        Accident Response Planning
        Safety Analysis
        Aviation Safety Advisor Duties
        SMS Framework
  2. Communication Skills
         The Importance of Communication in Aviation Safety
         A Matrix Approach to Communication in Aviation Safety
         Information Overload
         Managing Conflict
  3. Medical Issues
         Fatigue Risk Management Systems
         Sleep and Fatigue
  4. Ramp/Maintenance Safety
  5. Legal Aspects
         ICAO Annexes 6 and 14
         ICAO Doc. 9859
         FAA 14 CFR 5
  6. Practical Applications/Case Study

Course Duration: 9.5 Days