Wednesday, March 13, 2013

SMS Pro Fulfills Aviation SMS Policy Requirements

SMS Pro Fulfills Aviation SMS Policy Requirements


The following checklist shows how SMS Pro satisfies aviation safety management systems' requirements.
Questions such as this, are considered:
  • Does aviation safety management system commit senior management to be involved in Aviation SMS?
  • Has senior management approved flight organization’s aviation safety policy & operating safety standards?
  • Does aviation safety management system detail how aviation safety policy and aviation safety standards will be communicated to all staff, with visible endorsement by senior management?
  • Does aviation safety management system detail how appropriate resources will be allocated to support Aviation SMS?
  • Does aviation safety management system include process for senior management to establish appropriate reporting chain for flight-related safety issues?
  • Does aviation safety management system commit senior management to actively encourage staff participation in the SMS?
1) Does aviation safety management system commit senior management to be involved in Aviation SMS?
The purchase and implementation of SMS Pro demonstrates senior management is committed to be involved in your organization's aviation SMS.  Senior management participation can also be configured in the SMS Hazard Reporting email loop, therefore enhancing accountability in your organization.
SMS Pro's main dashboard contains the "CEO Commitment to Safety," which demonstrates and communicates top management support.
2) Has senior management approved flight organization’s aviation safety policy & operating safety standards?
SMS Pro does not create aviation-related policies.  However, aviation policies are stored in SMS Pro's Policy Manager module.  Review reminders can be setup to be emailed when configured. This allows the automation of knowing when policies must be reviewed and also tracks when these policies have last been reviewed.
3) Does aviation safety management system detail how aviation safety policy and aviation safety standards will be communicated to all staff, with visible endorsement by senior management?
This question must be answered by your organization. SMS Pro provides "Safety Newsletter" functionality so management can easily communicate to all stakeholders.
4) Does aviation safety management system detail how appropriate resources will be allocated to support Aviation SMS?
This question must be answered by your organization.
5) Does aviation safety management system include process for senior management to establish appropriate reporting chain for flight-related safety issues?
SMS Pro allows complete reporting chain customization and ensures proper personnel receive all communication related to reported issues.  When statuses change or users submit additional comments, SMS Pro channels this information via emails to the personnel you choose. SMS Pro completely fulfills this requirement.
In addition, Organization Charts are easily configured and displayed in SMS Pro.
6) Does aviation safety management system commit senior management to actively encourage staff participation in the SMS?
Allowing users to submit flight-related issues anonymously using SMS Pro, senior management demonstrates a committment to staff participation.  But there are other ways to demonstrate this committment.
7) Have aviation safety policies been developed by management and staff?
This question must be answered by your organization. SMS Pro affords an exceptional framework to edit and review policies on a regular schedule.
8) Has Chief Executive Officer signed aviation safety policy?
This question must be answered by your organization.
9) Is aviation safety policy included in aviation safety management system?
SMS Pro allows safety policies to be included in the Policy Manger. Templates are available.  SMS Pro completely fulfills this requirement.
10) Does aviation safety management system ensure safety policies align with other operational policies?
This question must be answered by your organization.
11) Does aviation safety management system detail how aviation safety policy will be communicated to staff?
This question must be answered by your organization. However, SMS Pro allows the creation of newsletters that can be emailed to selected roles or to all users within your organization.  SMS Pro facilitates the communication process of your aviation SMS. Safety policies are available to all users of the SMS Pro system.
12) Does aviation safety management system detail how aviation safety policy will be reviewed?
SMS Pro has a Policy Manager module. Emails are sent out when policies need to be reviewed. How often policies will be reviewed? This question must be answered and configured in SMS Pro by your organization.
13) Does aviation safety management system commit operator to regular and routine reviews?
SMS Pro has a Policy Manager module that allows schedules to be set for your policies. Emails are sent out when polices need to be reviewed. SMS Pro fulfills this requirement exceptionally well.

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About NWDS - founded in 2003 by six software engineers, NorthWest Data Solutions (NWDS) provides custom computer programming and systems design services. NWDS creates many types of software, including e-commerce, financial, defense, engineering, logistics, aviation and more. In 2007, NWDS developed SMS Pro™ a web based SMS application that supports an organization's overall SMS through safety reporting, safety documentation, safety risk management and safety assurance. SMS Pro™ is currently used by aviation organizations in the U.S., Canada, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East to help manage their SMS programs. NWDS continues to support SMS Pro™ and add new functionality. NWDS offers custom contract programming services in the U.S. and Canada and is managed by Chris Howell, one of the founders. Their headquarters is in Anchorage, Alaska. For information on NWDS visit their website at www.nwds-ak.com and www.asms-pro.com to learn more about SMS Pro™. 

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