SMS Developing Risk Assessment Strategies in Small to Medium Companies – 1 Day


Aviation is an incredibly complex business environment. Demands placed on the organization and individuals to deliver are often considerable, and place a burden on key individuals. The industry is constantly being driven to deliver ever higher levels of safety. In addition, from Jan 2009 ICAO requires the implementation of a proactive SMS system. EASA is expected to follow ICAO requirements from mid-2012.

“The risks and costs in commercial aviation necessitate a rational process for decision-making. On a daily basis, operators and managers make decisions in real-time, weighing the probability and severity of any adverse consequences implied by the risk against the expected gain of taking the risk. This process is known as risk management.” – ICAO

The core requirement for an SMS in Small to Medium Organisations is an effective method of identifying and controlling risk, and an essential element of safety management is the process of risk assessment. The need to identify and control risk is key to protecting the organization and this one-day course will provide the delegates with an understanding of how to identify hazards in small to medium organizations and to evaluate these hazards to produce a risk assessment. During the course, delegates will work through several examples with an emphasis on group work and discussion to evaluate the differences of opinion, which may come into risk assessment.

Who is the Course for?

The course is targeted at employees, managers, and business owners of small to medium-sized companies who are involved in risk management or responsible for ensuring the safety and security of their organization. It aims to equip them with the necessary knowledge and tools to effectively assess and mitigate risks, enabling them to create a safer and more resilient working environment.

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

The participants will learn the fundamentals of risk assessment, including how to identify and categorize risks specific to small to medium-sized businesses, and they will be equipped with practical techniques to conduct risk assessments, develop effective risk mitigation strategies, and foster a safer and more resilient working environment within their organizations.

Detailed Content / Topics – The following Subjects will be addressed

-The Evolution of Safety Thinking
-The Risk Management Process in a Safety Management System
-Identifying Hazards
-The Five Fundamentals of Safety Risk Management
-Safety Risk Management
-Safety Risk Probability
-Safety Risk Severity
-Safety Risk Tolerability
-Safety Risk Control & Mitigation
-Risk Assessment Review
-Qualitative or Quantitative Risk Assessment
-SMS Return On Investment
-The Hidden Costs of Failed Safety Systems

Target Groups

This course will be of significant benefit to SMS Managers, Quality Managers, and other Stakeholders of Small to medium Organisations who need to have the necessary background and skills to manage Risk Assessment Strategies or perform Risk assessment in the workplace.


A background in an aviation environment. A strong familiarity with ICAO SMS and its principles and structure.

Learning Objectives

The course considers Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment and its direct application within the context of Aviation SMS. After attending this course the participant should be able to manage and perform the Risk Assessment Techniques and Strategies in the organization.

What do People Say About Sofema Aviation Services Training?

“The instructor used the right words to explain the material.”
“The discussions among the group were very beneficial.”
“The instructor showed very resourceful background and experience.”
“All sections of the course were related to my field.”
“Adequate answers were given to specific questions.”


1 Day -Start at 09.00 and finish at 17.00, with appropriate refreshment breaks.

To register for this training, please email or Call +359 28210806

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