Safety Management System Manual

The Safety Management System (SMS) Manual has been developed to direct all personnel in the safe operations of the organization. The manual defines the policy that governs the operation of the organization.

Safety Management System (SMS) is the standard throughout the aviation industry worldwide. It is recognized by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA) and product/service providers as the next step in the evolution of safety in aviation. SMS is also the standard for the management of safety beyond aviation. Similar management systems are used in the management of other critical areas such as quality, occupational safety and health, security, environment, etc.

Safety Management Systems (SMSs) for product/service providers (certificate holders) and regulators will integrate modern safety risk management and safety assurance concepts into repeatable, proactive systems. SMSs emphasize safety management as a fundamental business process to be considered in the same manner as other aspects of business management.

By recognizing the organization's role in accident prevention, SMSs provide to both certificate holders, customers, and the 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, customer, and certificate holder
  • A safety promotion framework to support a sound safety culture

View STAR Flight Safety Management System Manual

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Charles Brotherton
County Executive

Chuck Spangler
Program Director

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