Correlation of Safety Culture & Safety Management Systems (SMS)
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Correlation Of Safety Culture & Safety Management Systems (image embedded from [http://www.skybrary.aero/images/SMS_SC_interdependency_Capture.JPG] on 28 August 2010)

Introduction

Safety Culture: Organisational attitudes, mindsets, beliefs, shared values regarding operational safety, which reflects the organisational dedication and commitment towards upholding a high level of operational safety.

Safety Management System: Safety systems, policies, processes and procedures excellence and their implementation towards dealing with safety risk and information regarding safety, thereby reflecting the organisational competence and capability towards upholding a high level of operational safety.

Correlating Safety Culture with SMS

The existence of safety culture and SMS is co-dependent towards achieving a high level of operational safety.

Without a safety culture, dedication to uphold a high level of operational safety will not be sufficient for the organisational to consider implementing safety systems, policies, processes and procedures.
Likewise, without a SMS, commitment to uphold a high level of operational safety will be futile without actual actions being undertaken.

Therefore, both the safety culture and SMS must co-exist together, in order for the organisation to instill sufficient amount of correct comprehension and awareness of potential operational safety risks and threats. Together, as a whole, they can then mould the correct employee behavioural norms towards upholding a high operational safety level.

Reference

EUROCONTROL. (2008, December). Safety culture in air traffic management. Retrieved 28 August 2010, from http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/564.pdf.

http://www.skybrary.aero/index.php/Solutions:Safety_Culture

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