SMS Seminar Nov. 3-4corner

ProActive Safety System’s SMS Seminar Teaches Proactive Approach to Safety

DENVER, CO – October 2014 – Designed for safety-minded professionals working in a business aviation flight department, an upcoming ProActive Safety Systems, Inc.’s, two-day operational safety management seminar will focus on communicating how Safety Management Systems (SMSs) are a simple to follow, but impactful way to manage flight operations’ most important aspect—their safety. The course, entitled Fundamentals of Effective Safety Management,” will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 3-4, at the Omni Interlocken Hotel in Broomfield, Colorado.

 

“Our fundamental philosophy is to ‘keep it simple,’” explains JR Russell, Chairman and Founder, ProActive Safety Systems. “We take pride in our ability to help business aviation professionals—from the most senior leader to the most junior member—reach that ‘A-ha!’ moment, as it pertains to flight operations safety. Unlike the traditional approach to SMS courses, we operate in a proactive sense, meaning that we find and mitigate the problem before it becomes an incident or an accident.”

 

Based on operational experience

The curriculum, presented by JR Russell, who is a 22,000-hour pilot and founder of ProActive, provides the requisite knowledge and skills to implement and operate an integrated safety management system. Attendees will learn how to effectively communicate and promote their aviation safety program, plus add efficiency and flexibility to their individual operation, thereby improving their flight department’s overall performance. A term coined by Proactive Safety Systems, Inc., “Continuous Loop Safety,” ties all of the basic steps of the SMS into a logical process that’s simple and easy to understand.

ProActive’s course curriculum includes discussions involving:

  • Safety Fundamentals. Review the definition of a hazard or threat, potential consequences of a threat, latent conditions, active failures and the mechanics of accident causation.
  • Four Pillars of SMS. Discuss the elements of every SMS, including safety policy, safety risk management, safety assurance and safety promotion.
  • SMS Toolbox. Learn about various resources to help implement and manage a SMS, such as a flight risk assessment tool, crew resource management, employee reporting, internal evaluation program, flight operations quality assurance analysis, flight operations manual, threat and error management, and fatigue risk management.
  • Operational Simulations. Learn about scenarios based on actual events, incidents and accidents, which will help explain how a proactive SMS process might have precluded the event—or those similar to it—in the future.
  • Organizational Mission. Discuss how important an element safety is in the attendees’ companies’ missions.
  • Financial Considerations. Understand the business impacts of health, safety and environmental investments; and how to analyze the cost vs. consequence information critical to making an effective cost vs. risk decision.
  • Positive Safety Culture. Discuss how a SMS can only succeed when the entire organization is engaged.

What makes ProActive’s SMS course different?

  • Demystifies SMS by distilling complex guidance and regulations into easy-to-understand, actionable information.
  • Facilitated from an operational perspective by a business aircraft pilot vs. from a compliance-only perspective.
  • Small class size provides for two-way discussion vs. lecture room format.
  • Uses real-world examples and best practices instead of only discussing theory and federal regulations.
  • Satisfies SMS training requirements with the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO).

To learn more or to register for the two-day course, call 1-303-881-7329, or click here. To learn more about PASS, click here.

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