Safety Management System (SMS)

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What is SMS?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) defines a safety management system (SMS) as a formalized approach to managing safety by developing an organization-wide safety policy; formal methods of identifying hazards and analyzing and mitigating risk; methods for ensuring continuous safety improvement; and organization-wide strategies to promote safety.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport defines a safety management system as a data-driven, business-oriented approach to managing safety, including the necessary organizational structures, accountabilities, policies and procedures. It focuses on organizational safety rather than strictly conventional health and safety issues at work.

The Airport’s SMS will:

  • Identify safety hazards
  • Ensure that actions are taken to mitigate risks and hazards
  • Provide for continuous monitoring and regular assessment of the safety level

Benefits of an SMS?

  • Reduces the direct and indirect cost of accidents
  • Improves employee productivity
  • Establishes a marketable safety record
  • Prioritizes safety needs
  • Ensures compliance with legal responsibilities for safety
  • Provides efficient maintenance scheduling and resource utilization
  • Promotes ongoing improvement of operational processes