SMS Safety Risk Management – 3 Days


Often the root cause or contributing factors are embedded within the organisations process and procedures.

Unfortunately with hindsight we are often able to understand the existence of numerous latent “exposures”, (sometimes too late!)

If a major contributing factor to most unwelcome events then is to be found within the organisation, it should follow that it is the organisation itself that has the “power” to effect a control of the exposure by removing or reducing the exposure (mitigation).

During this course we share both the value and importance of developing the best safety management system which we can develop, and in so doing will deliver real and tangible benefits to the organisation.

We have looked at the regulations driving an SMS and should understand that the SMS is a national obligation based on the need to demonstrate compliance with ICAO

Throughout the course, we focus on best practices and the need for an effective understanding regarding the industry and organizational best practices to help us embrace the various SMS challenges which face a CAT AOC holder.

Who is the course for?

This training is highly relevant for SMS Managers, Quality Managers, and other stakeholders in the organization who need to have a deep appreciation of the safety audit process, the necessary background, and skills to manage the Risk Assessment Strategies or perform Risk assessment in the workplace.

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

-Understand the various techniques for building a Risk-Based Auditing Program

-Gain a fundamental understanding of the principles to be found within a regulatory risk and performance-based oversight system.

-Develop a detailed understanding of the roles and responsibilities related both to the Compliance Oversight and Risk-Based Oversight systems.

-Understand the management of Performance Standards and how they may be developed within your organization.

-Learn the do’s and don’ts of Aviation Risk-Based Performance Audit Best Practices –what works Best –Why & How?

Detailed Content / Topics – The following Subjects will be addressed –

Day 1
Introduction (Considering The Need For Aviation Safety Management Systems)
Abbreviations & Definitions
Sharing our SMS Understandings
Working Within an EASA Organisational SMS Structure
SMS Risk Assessment – Challenges
Basic Principles of Human Performance in an Operational Environment – People or Environment?
Operational Human Performance Considerations
Operational Errors and Consequences
Operational Violations – The Underlying Message
Enduring Safety Management Principles
Understanding the Nature of Risk in the Aviation System
Considering Operational Systems Exposures
SMS Exposure – How to Measure Risk
Exercise 1 Safety Risk Evaluation

Day 2
Safety Risk Management – Root Cause Considerations
Managing a Hazard Identification Process
SMS System Description for Risk Management
Business Risk Management Principles
Exercise 2 – Operational System Considerations
Safety Risk Management – Advanced Processes, Activities and Tools
Hazard Identification and Analysis
Performing a Safety Risk Assessment
Exercise 3 Safety Assessment

Day 3
Safety Performance Monitoring
Considering EASA Recommendations Related to Aviation Risk Based Oversight
Considering Aviation Safety System Performance Indicators
SPT – Alert Level – SPI
Change Management
The Relationship Between Safety Risk Management and Safety Assurance
Exercise 4 Safety Assessment
Final Exam & Debrief

Learning Objectives

To provide attendees with:

– Identify Specific issues which are related to both the organisational and Industry in General, particularly related to subcontract activity.
– Consider opportunities to generate organisational efficiencies driven by the SMS.

To consider the Benefits of Introducing SMS
– To provide Senior Management with full awareness of the key risks or exposures of the business.
– The ability to Mitigate or control the potential “safety threats”.
A clear and concise organisational process that is documented and can be used as an educator for our staff.
– The active involvement of all the staff in safety.
– The mechanism whereby the Senior Management can demonstrate effective oversight and management of its risks.

Target Groups 

SMS Managers, Quality Managers, and other Stakeholders in the organization.

Pre-requisites –

A background or understanding of Aviation Quality and Safety Systems will be an advantage.

What do People Say about Sofema Aviation Cervices Training?

“Very informative and very good knowledge of the instructor.”
“Instructor is very experienced and shares even more than expected with us.”
“This training helped me to develop some new skills.”

Duration –

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

Sofema Aviation Services offers a flexible approach to developing all in-company training courses which are specific to the client’s needs. If you would like additional information concerning how course content may be configured to be more appropriate for your organisation please email

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