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Aviation Safety Management Systems

Course Description:

Aviation safety management has changed greatly over the past years.  It began with the safety officer being responsible for the whole program.  It was negatively orientated and relied on inspections and mishaps to let the organizations know where their problems existed.  This was a very reactive and expensive system.  As time progressed, risk identification, assessment, and management concepts were incorporated into safety programs.  In the past few years, a systems approach has been adopted.  Safety joined Quality Assurance and became a team that was tasked with looking at systems errors.  This required that organizational management take responsibility for the company's safety program.  The systems approach requires that the safety/quality team be educated in their duties and responsibilities.  This course will provide you with the essential skills needed to manage an organizational safety system.  Emphasis is placed on management skills.  The attendee will be able to manage safety systems that include risk management, audits, data collection, analysis, and incident investigations.

This course is designed for the individual responsible for planning or directing an aviation safety program.  Fundamentals in systems organization and structure provide the individual with the essential skills and methodology needed to plan and manage an effective aviation safety program.  Emphasis is placed on understanding the principles of risk management, identifying program development strategies, audits and applying the knowledge toward effective management systems and interoperability with Quality Assurance.

Objectives:  To provide the individual with the skills and practical methods to plan, manage and maintain an effective Aviation Safety Management System.

Who Should Attend:  Individuals responsible for planning, directing or managing an aviation safety program and supervisors who are required to supervise an accident prevention/risk management program.  This includes airline, commuter, corporate, fixed base operator, government, insurance, hospital emergency medical service, law enforcement and airport management.

Course Outline

  1. Safety Management Systems
    • Accident Prevention Concepts/Methods
    • Safety Systems
    • JAA Procedures
    • Interaction with Quality Assurance
    • Education and Training
    • Corporate Safety Culture
    • Motivating Safe Behavior
    • Role of Management
    • Safety Climates/Management Styles
    • Cost of Accidents
    • Office Procedures
    • Risk Identification
    • Incident Investigation
    • Change Management Process
    • Risk Management and Risk Assessment
    • Report Writing
    • Airfield Safety
    • Accident Response Planning
    • Audits
    • Safety Analysis
    • Aviation Safety Advisor Duties
  2. Communication Skills
    • Perception
    • Meaning/language/jargon
    • Information overload
    • Managing conflict
    • Listening
  3. Medical Issues
    • Drug Testing/ AEDs/ Employee Assistance
    • Sleep and Fatigue
    • Stress
  4. Ramp/Maintenance Safety
  5. Legal Aspects
  6. Practical Applications/Case Study
  7. Hazardous Materials 

Course Duration:  9.5 Days

Tuition: $3350 (July 2016 - June 2017), $3425 (July 2017 - June 2018)

Dates Course No.
5 - 16 June 2017 ASMS 17-4
11 - 22 Sept. 2017 ASMS 18-1
6 - 17 Nov. 2017 ASMS 18-2
26 Feb. - 9 Mar. 2018 ASMS 18-3
4 - 15 June 2018 ASMS 18-4

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