Understanding the Nature of Aviation Risk & How to Manage

Further Information Regarding Forthcoming SMS Training

Safety Management Systems – Aviation Risk Management – 5 Days – Sofia, Bulgaria

The course will run from 9 am to 5 pm on February 17th until February 21st, 2020

Details may be found here

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Introduction – What is Risk?

Risk is the assessed potential for adverse consequences resulting from a hazard. It is the likelihood that the hazard’s potential to cause harm will be realised. (ref – ICAO Doc 9859)

How to work with Risk?

To consider how we should work with Risk within our Organisations Safety Management System, moreover what we should do with this “Risk” and who should do it?

Once we agree about the difference between a Hazard and a Risk we can look at “roles” and “responsibilities” to address or mitigate the risk!

A hazard has the potential to cause harm in some way, whether it is to the person, the system or the business, this does not mean that it will, simply that it has the potential.

So we should always think of a hazard in terms of “potential” (this is the keyword)

Measuring Risk!

When we consider Risk within our Aviation Organisational System we develop an understanding regarding how we are “benchmarking” and measuring this perceived “Risk”.

We are using the term “perceived” risk because it is, in reality, a subjective term because it is actually an interpretation of the potential degree of exposure.

Competence is Key!

The higher the level of competence we have in our ability to determine the risk related to any hazard in a given situation the more accurate will be our assessments and therefore ultimately the more beneficial will be the outcome to the organisational systems.

A Risk may be considered as the possible consequence of a perceived hazard providing a range of outcomes from negligible to very serious.

There are various factors which lower the risk in any given set or exposures. Such an action is considered mitigation.

In some cases, it may be that we have a “latent exposure” (essentially means unknown to the system) which whilst they are unknown within the system still have the potential to act as a precursor for a “visible event”.

Effective communication within the organisation will have a positive effect on the identification of Risk and therefore raise awareness which may provide for the opportunity to mitigate the perceived exposure.

Training, Knowledge, Background, Competency, Existence of Strong Process and Procedures which are fully understood, Cultural Behaviour within the Organisation all play a role in limiting the exposure or risk.

An effective process to deal with Change encountered by the organisation will also lower the risk of adverse consequences impacting the organisation.

So the process maybe distilled into the following – gathering hazard and other exposure-related data – analysing this data and using organisational tools to determine the degree of exposure – developing proposed mitigations which will serve to lower the exposure – finally to implement the solution with the concurrence of the business area owner.

An essential element then of successfully understanding the risk within our aviation system becomes the ability of the safety practitioner to understand the various inputs, evaluate in the most effective way and produce the most cost-effective mitigation consistent with the appropriate level of safety.

Sofema Aviation Services offers an expanding range of Safety Management System (SMS) and Aviation Regulatory Training. For additional details please visit www.sassofia.com or email office@sassofia.com.