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Supporting the Implementation of Safety Management Systems

The implementation of the various elements of Safety Management Systems (SMS) have been ongoing for over 10 years now. As demonstrated through IOSA, most airlines have them in adequately place. However, this does not mean the work ends. In fact, it is just beginning.

The IATA SMS-related activities are focused on practical applications of Safety Management principles as  enablers of an effective system to drive the use of Safety Management in aviation.

Supporting consistent implementation of SMS is part of IATA's Six-Point Safety Strategy. It covers:  

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.

Safety Culture – A Key Enabler of Safety Management

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.

ICAO Annex 19 Amendments – Guidance Material

IATA is an active participant on the ICAO Safety Management Panel and was involved in the drafting of ICAO Annex 19, Safety Management, as well as the First Amendment to this Annex, which becomes applicable 7 November 2019. IATA is contributing to the ICAO Safety Management Implementation (SMI) Website with  examples, tools and educational material for all service providers. 

For further information concerning IATA's SMS initiatives, please contact us at safety@iata.org

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