Safety Management Systems for Design, Manufacturing and Maintenance Providers in Aviation



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:

  • AVS SMS includes Part 121, Part 135, Part 145, Part 141 and § 91.147. AVS SMS became regulatory for Part 121 in January 2015, and will become regulatory for Part 135 and 91.147 tour operators when the new SMS rulemaking is complete.
  • Design and Manufacturing safety management systems include Part 21 type certificates and production certificate holders. These will also become regulatory when the new FAA rulemaking is complete. Part 21 has two primary standards; SM-0001 - Implementing s Safety Management System in Design, Manufacturing and Maintenance Organizations, which is an international standard and NAS 9927 - Safety Management System Practices for Design and Manufacturing, which is a US standard.

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.

Learning Objectives
  • Describe and discuss basic SMS concepts
  • Utilize information provided to explain regulatory SMS requirements
  • Differentiate what your organization already does that will help meet SMS requirements and those areas where there are gaps
  • Approach company leadership with a solid plan for SMS implementation
  • Design and plan for execution of a practical SMS implementation plan
  • Build a plan for transferring concepts learned in this course to others in the organization
Who Should Attend

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

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