It is a requirement for commercial operators, and non-commercial operators of turbo-jet and large aeroplanes to have an SMS (Safety Management System) in-place, and to be able to provide audit evidence the operate by it.
A SMS comprises a structured process that obligates organizations to manage safety with the same level of priority that other core business processes are managed. This applies to both global aviation industry organizations.
- An SMSs provide to both certificate holders and Aviation Authority (e.g. FAA):A structured means of safety risk management decision making
- A means of demonstrating safety management capability before system failures occur
- Increased confidence in risk controls though structured safety assurance processes
- An effective interface for knowledge sharing between regulator and certificate holder
- A safety promotion framework to support a sound safety culture
Safety Management Systems (SMSs) emphasize safety management as a fundamental business process to be considered in the same manner as other aspects of business management.
Safety Management Systems are becoming standard throughout the aviation industry worldwide. They are recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and civil aviation authorities (CAA). SMS is also becoming a standard for the management of safety beyond aviation.