Safety Management is a proactive way to pursue the mitigation of safety risks and improve safety performance. SMS provides aviation stakeholders with a framework to support effective risk-based decision-making in an organization. 

SMS continues to evolve. As such, IATA continues to support industry stakeholders across the globe with SMS implementation, as well as to facilitate a consistent understanding between service providers and states on the intent and application of safety management requirements. 

IATA key Corporate Safety initiatives include:

IATA Safety Issue Review Meeting

The Safety Issue Review Meeting is a biannual meeting, created in 2006 and managed by IATA and our member airlines through the Safety Group. The meeting is open to safety professionals from airlines, manufacturers, ground service providers and airports, as well as for invited subject matter experts from academia, pilot associations and other relevant industry stakeholders. 

The next Safety Issue Revue Meeting, SIRM 29, will take place on October 24-25, 2022 in Dubai, UAE, at the JW Marriott Marquis. Registration is now open.

The SIRM 29 will be followed by the first edition of the IATA Safety Conference, which will take place on October 25-27, at the same location.

All attendees of the SIRM will receive a discounted rate to the conference, should anyone wish to attend. Hotel registration will be available at the IATA Safety Conference website shortly.

The intent of the Safety Issues Review Meeting (SIRM) is to encourage an open venue for aviation safety specialists to present and discuss incidents/accidents, identified hazards, emerging concerns and academic studies/concepts with practical application.  The lessons-learned from these presentations can then be taken back by the attendees to their respective organization for review and integration into Safety Management activities as applicable.

The SIRM is held under the Chatham House Rule, to create a protected, confidential environment for industry to discuss safety risks, hazards and lessons-learned from accidents and incidents, as well as to share results of safety studies. This allows a free and open exchange of information, ideas, and concepts, which enhances the SIRM experience for all attendees.

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 and 2021 SIRM meetings were postponed.  To stay in touch and support the industry in these challenging times, IATA developed two special bulletins covering the challenges of today’s unique operational environment, related lessons-learned and recommendations from the industry:

Safety Leadership

IATA Safety Leadership and Safety Culture activities aim to support IATA members and the wider aviation community in delivering a post-COVID industry restart with a clear focus on safety. Through these activities, IATA aims to promote learning, understanding and continuous improvement of organizational practices and behaviours that support the effective management of safety risks within all aviation service providers and regulators around the world.

Safety Culture 

We are convinced that a strong safety culture is a primary enabler of effective safety management. There is no point having all Safety Management System elements in place if they are not used.

The "I-ASC" (IATA Aviation Safety Culture) survey, specifically designed for aviation, provides insight into the challenges and risk areas of front line and management employees, as well as areas of improvement and hazards in safety performance. It also provides organizations with the means to meet ICAO Safety Management System (SMS) / State Safety Program (SSP) requirements to measure and continuously improve their safety culture.

IATA Safety Information Exchange Program

To promote an open exchange of safety information aimed at continuously improving aviation safety, IATA has developed a program to facilitate information-sharing and analysis between a State, State-registered airlines, and other key stakeholders.

The program establishes a forum where participating airlines, States, and other pertinent stakeholders engage in collaborative activities to identify, analyze and mitigate leading aviation safety risks. Thereby, supporting the activities of a State Safety Program, while also adhering to the safety data and safety information protection principles as outlined in ICAO Annex 19, and the intent of SMS as a whole.

The program model is based on others already in place with noted achievements in safety advancements, such as the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) in the US and Brazilian Aviation Safety Team (BAST) in Brazil. Participation is voluntary and at the sole discretion of the individual participants.

For more information, contact us at safety@iata.org

Training Courses

Safety Management Systems (SMS) for Airlines (Classroom, 5 days)

Guidelines to align your operations with ICAO annex 19 SMS provisions and comply with industry requirements for personnel licensing, operation of aircraft and more. The systematic SMS approach ensures both safer operations and improved overall efficiency by managing organizational structure, staff accountabilities, policies and procedures. Developed in accordance with ICAO principles, this course helps you fulfill SMS requirements and establish a functional SMS within your operations.

Find out more about this course on the course page.

Safety Risk Management (Classroom, 3 days)

Safety risk management is a key component of a successful safety management system, required to assess the risks associated with identified hazards and to develop and implement effective mitigation. During this course review your safety risk management process according to the ICAO safety performance requirements. Learn how to improve your operational safety by correctly identifying hazards, providing effective controls to mitigate safety risks, and reducing equipment loss and damage.

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Safety Performance Indicators (Classroom, 3 days)

Through a step-by-step methodology, you will learn the foundations of Safety Performance Indicators (SPIs), how to practically develop them, as well as gain knowledge on the integration of safety objectives, SPIs and safety performance targets into an acceptable level of safety performance (ALoSP). This course introduces safety performance monitoring as the core activity within the safety assurance (SA) process of an airline safety management system (SMS) and provides a methodology to develop SPIs that meet the expectations of IOSA Standards and Recommended Practices (ISARPs) and ICAO Annex 19.

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