Topics: Quality, Safety & Maintenance
A Safety Management System (SMS) is a high-level, top-down decision-making system based on proactively identifying, assessing, and controlling hazards and safety risks in the design, manufacturing, and maintenance environments. These systems are designed to prevent accidents and incidents and analyze performance data for continuous improvement. Safety Management Systems have become an internationally recognized means to improve hazard and risk identification, risk management and safety assurance. The SMS approach promotes a proactive and systematic approach to managing safety throughout the lifecycle of an aircraft or system.
The use of an articulated Safety Management System (SMS) is already required in European aviation and will soon be a required part of aviation design, manufacturing, and maintenance in the US. These systems are recognized globally by the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and civil aviation authorities (CAA), as well as product/service providers as the next step in the evolution of safety in aviation.
There are two types of safety management systems regulated by the FAA – Aviation Safety SMS and Design & Manufacturing SMS:
This two-day course will introduce the learner to the Four Pillars of Safety: Safety Policy, Safety Risk Management, Safety Assurance, and Safety Promotion and provide hands-on instruction using artifacts and rubrics to practice designing a safety management system, as well as guidance on the application of SMS to comply with multiple certificating authorities. This course will include group work, case studies and an exam.
This course is designed for safety professionals in the aerospace design, manufacturing, and maintenance sectors who seek to understand the requirements of SMS, and gain expertise in building an SMS to comply with FAA and other global certificating agencies’ requirements. The specific job roles that will benefit from this course include Safety Executives and Managers, Risk Manager, Quality Manager, Safety Staff, Safety Consultant, Safety Trainer, Human Resources, Participant, Engineer, Systems Engineer., Manufacturing Technician, Safety Researcher, Aerospace Engineer, Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians, and Aviation Maintenance Instructors.
Both new and experienced safety professionals who lead, develop, implement, and/or review the effectiveness of safety systems and are responsible for their organization’s compliance to safety regulating organizations should be trained in these powerful tools.
Other Courses to Support Your Work
We recommend the following courses to extend your learning related to safety management systems and airworthiness certification:
C1701 FAA Part 21 Certification Procedures for Products and Parts
C1707 FAA Certification, Operations, and Maintenance Orientation
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.
David McDermott or Scott Harris
Scott Harris graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. After working in the Weapons Programs Division at the Department of Energy, he joined Bell Helicopter in 1986, and has enjoyed a 37-year career at Bell spanning numerous programs and assignments. These include the V-22 program, Manager of Research and Development, Program Management, Director of Engineering at Bell India, and finally Manager of Safety Management Systems, where I led the implementation of both an Aviation Safety SMS (AVSSMS) and a Design & Manufacturing SMS (D&M SMS) for the company.
In 2018, under Scott’s leadership, Bell was awarded a Letter of Acceptance from the FAA for their Design & Manufacturing SMS. He served on the D&M SMS industry working group that developed National Aerospace Standard (NAS) 9927 and is currently serving on the industry working group on the present update of SM-0001.
Scott is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, and widely considered an SMS expert. Upon retirement from Bell, he began a consulting firm, D&M SMS Consultants, LLC, where he is currently supporting SAE and other organizations in an advisory capacity.