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Safety Management Systems (SMS) Principles and Applications


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Course duration: 2 day Classroom & Online-Learning: 120 minutes of self-placed e-learning modules available

Classrooms Course dates: 12 - 13 February 2019; 11 - 12 February 2020

Course location: Gatwick, UK


Organisations across the aviation industry are required to have a Safety Management System (SMS).  What is a SMS and how does it work?  Building on the modules covered in the Introduction to SMS, this blended learning course combines online and classroom training to answer these questions.


The course draws on the ICAO SMS Framework, EASA OR.GEN.200 Rules and UK CAA SMS Guidance Material, along with experiences and observations from the UK CAA’s current oversight activities.  The course starts with a series of online learning modules, followed by a two-day classroom event, all delivered by UK CAA experts.


This course is suitable for delegates whose roles contribute to safety, such as Safety Managers, Quality Managers, industry and regulatory personnel with a safety remit.


By the end of this course, delegates will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the following:

  • Enhancing safety performance
  • Assessing the effectiveness of an organisation’s SMS


Key Topics include:

  • ICAO SMS Framework and its appropriateness for the size and complexity of your organisation
  • Performing effective risk assessments and developing suitable risk matrices
  • Explaining the regulatory framework around SMS
  • List factors that your SMS should consider
  • Identifying latent conditions and active failures that lead to an accident
  • Identifying the barriers and defences against a particular risk
  • Using SMS to manage people
  • Developing and promoting a safety culture
  • Implementing safety as a core business function