Safety Management System (SMS) is becoming a standard throughout the aviation industry worldwide. It is recognized by the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and civil aviation authorities (CAA) and product/service providers as the next step in the evolution of safety in aviation. SMS is also becoming a standard for the management of safety beyond aviation. Similar management systems are used in the management of other critical areas such as quality, occupational safety and health, security, environment, etc.
Safety Management Systems (SMSs) for product/service providers (certificate holders) and regulators will integrate modern safety risk management and safety assurance concepts into repeatable, proactive systems. SMSs emphasize safety management as a fundamental business process to be considered in the same manner as other aspects of business management.
By recognizing the organization's role in accident prevention, SMSs provide to both certificate holders and FAA:
|Basis||Learn about the evolution of safety management and how SMS addresses the organization's role in safety.|
|Components||What are the four SMS components or "pillars?" Learn about each major component and how they work together as a system.|
|Quality and Safety Management||What are the similarities and differences between QMS and SMS? How do they complement each other?|
|Regulation and SMS||What do you need to know now? How will SMS regulations evolve?|
|Misconceptions||There are a lot of rumors out there! This section tackles the most common misconceptions about SMS.|
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