Aviation Safety Management System

What is Aviation Safety Management System?

Aviation Safety Management System is a systematic approach that is used to identify hazards, classify the risk according to its categories and manage them by means of eliminating the risks, substitute them, reduce them, or tolerate them. Through the use of Safety Management System airport operators, airport stakeholders, airlines and airport owners can proactively identify and manage all hazards and risks associated with their operations.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has recommended that all aviation authorities implement Safety Management System regulatory structures.

What is South African Civil Aviation Authority (SA CAA) Safety Management System Requirements?

SA CAA requires that all airports, airport stakeholders and airport operators have their SMS manuals approved and fully implemented by 31 July 2015. The SMS regulation (Part 140) was promulgated by the Minister of Transport on 30 June 2012 and came into effect on 1 August 2012. This means that SMS is now enforceable and all aviation organizations are to ensure that their SMS manuals are approved and implemented.

What are the Business Benefits For Implementing SMS?

o It will improve legal compliance in terms of CAA regulations.
o Continuous improvement of operational processes.
o Allow incorporation of safety efforts into the operator’s business model.
o Less injuries because employees are aware that some operations are more hazardous than others.
o Reduction in insurance premiums through demonstration of control of safety risks.
o Improve staff/ crew morale.

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