Safety Management Systems Practical Implementation Pathway to Success – 3 Days


An ICAO-compliant Safety Management System provides a mechanism to proactively seek, identify, quantify as well as mitigate risks and potential hazards which exist in the business. Moreover, it provides a mechanism to deliver a safer working process and environment in every facet of your day-to-day business activities.

This course delivers a practical pathway to implement Safety Management System (SMS) within your organisation.

The course delivers an SMS implementation program which by focusing on 3 monthly fully achievable and measurable objectives will deliver a real and working SMS over an extended program lasting 2 years.

During the course, we will consider the challenges and issues which need to be overcome and successfully addressed.

Why 2 Years?

Because this is a realistic time frame to genuinely deliver a real and working SMS across your business.

Further Background

An effective SMS is about identifying exposure to risk as felt by the entire business.

This 3 Day intensive training is based on compliance with ICAO Annex 19 and ICAO Doc 9859

The course is highly participative and provides a full understanding of the various roles and responsibilities required to implement an effective SMS system.

The primary focus of the training is to support the delegate’s need to deliver effective management of safety including the process to measure risk and exposure and the development of mitigation strategies.

The course also recognizes the importance of a “Top Down” approach to ensure the effective delivery of Each Program is confidential and fully interactive, A basic working knowledge of SMS principles is an advantage in advance of the training.

Who is the course for?

Accountable Managers, Directors, Managers, and Safety System Stakeholders. Competent Authority Regulators and Inspectors, Operations Directors, Managers, and Supervisors. Quality and Safety Managers and Auditors.

What is the Benefit of this Training – What will I learn?

a) Gain a detailed awareness of the philosophy of safety management

b) Be able to fully engage with the needs and benefits of SMS

c) Be able to deliver a continuous oversight of your organisation’s SMS

d) Understand Roles and Responsibilities related to the Effective Implementation of your SMS

e) Be able to engage with effective risk assessment and deliver effective root cause analysis

f) Be able to engage with and apply effective SMS auditing techniques

g) Understand the impact of safety culture human and organizational factors in SMS implementation

h) Be able to acquire and manage Data within the Organisational Environment

Detailed Content / Topics – The following Subjects will be addressed

The Evolution of Safety Thinking
General Introduction & Components of an SMS System
ICAO Introduction-Gap Analysis Benchmarking your SMS
Planning the Implementation Program Timeline & Constructing the initial road map
Agreeing Ownership and Oversight Support.
SMS Implementation Process and Integration
SMS Non-Punitive Disciplinary Policies
SMS and Organisational Culture
SMS Training Requirements
Managing SMS-related Competencies
Developing Organisational roles in support of our Safety Management System, Action Groups, Safety Review Committee, and the role of Safety Reps.
Incident & Accident Investigation
Understanding the stages of effectively Managing and measuring risk, through assessment techniques.
Implementing an Emergency Response Plan
Developing SMS Management and Supporting Documentation.
SMS Development & Integration within Aviation Quality Assurance
SMS Effective Marketing and Raising Awareness
SMS Reviewing our Road Map and Implementation Timeline
Managing Time Constraints
Delivering Implementation Step by Step 2 Year Guide

Target groups

The course is intended for professionals across various industries who are involved in the implementation, management, or oversight of safety management systems (SMS). The target groups for this course may include safety managers, safety officers, quality assurance personnel, aviation professionals, transportation industry personnel, and other professionals seeking to enhance their understanding and practical skills in implementing SMS within their organizations.


A background understanding related to aviation safety is an advantage, specific SMS competencies are not essential.

Learning Objectives

– Understand the Evolution of Safety

– Understand the purpose and methodology of proactive SMS

– Be able to develop an effective process for the implementation of a fully compliant SMS

What do People Say about Sofema Aviation Services’ Training?

“Questions were welcomed and immediately answered.”
“The instructor made sure that every person understood the content of the course.”
“The presentation of the material was perfect.”
“The content was explained in detail.”
“The instructor stayed on one subject until it was cleared for everybody and then moved on”


3 days – Each Training day will start at 09.00 and finish at 17.00, with appropriate refreshment breaks.

To register for this training, please email or Call +359 2 821 0806

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