Safety Management Systems for Managers (SMS-MGR)

Course Description

SMS has dramatically changed how safety programs are conducted and managed. Its success or failure is dependent on management understanding and support. ICAO has established it as a standard for airports, commercial aircraft operators and air traffic providers. SMS is being implemented throughout the aviation industry. A key feature of Safety Management Systems (SMS) is the active involvement at all levels of management in the safety process. This course is designed to explain the fundamentals of the SMS process to managers and supervisors. It focuses on the particular functions and responsibilities that managers have within a SMS. The particular benefits of an SMS are detailed. Additionally, potential issues which may cause friction as a result of an SMS are discussed.

This course is an introductory level course. It is not intended as a substitute for the full length SMS courses: Aviation Safety Management Systems (ASMS), Safety Management for Aviation Maintenance (MAINT), or System Safety (SSC). The ten hour format is primarily designed for presentation to managers. It will be conducted both at USC and via on-site contracts.

Objectives:  To provide managers and supervisors an understanding of the principles of an SMS and a clear vision of the role of the manager.

Who Should Attend:  Managers and supervisors of aviation operations and aviation related organizations including aircraft operators, airports, and air traffic control facilities.

  • Course
    SMS-MGR 20-1
    SMS-MGR 20-2
    SMS-MGR 21-1
  • Dates
    04-05 Dec 2019
    27-28 May 2020
    02-03 Dec 2020

Course Outline

    • Overview of SMS
    • Management Roles and Responsibilities
    • Management Accountabilities
    • Program Document
    • Goals and Objectives
    • Risk Assessment
    • Change Process Management
    • Audits and Safety Reviews
    • Motivating Safe Behavior
    • Safety Action Groups
    • Safety Culture and Climates
    • Education and Training
    • Just Reporting System
    • Latent Conditions/Active Errors
    • Accident/Incident Costs
    • Mishap Investigation
    • Data Analysis
    • Obstacles to SMS

CEU: 1.1

Course Duration:  1.5 Days

Tuition: $1000 (July 2018 – June 2019); $1025 (July 2019 – June 2020); TBD (July 2020 – June 2021)