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Introduction to ATM Safety Management System [SAF-SMS-A]

Classroom Course

This course is designed as an introduction to all aspects of safety management in ATM. It aims to present SMS implementation within an ANSP. There will be a number of exercises to reinforce learning points and trigger interaction between participants. The objective is to improve the safety awareness of participants and help them understand their safety roles and responsibilities within their own organisation.

The SAF-SMS-A (Awareness) course constitutes a pre-requisite for all current courses within the SAF domain, in particular the Safety Manager course.
Prerequisites
There are no pre-requisites to attend this course
Important Note

Current EU regulations require Air Navigation Service Providers to implement a Safety Management System (SMS). In the future, all service providers must implement a Management System but Air Traffic Service Providers will need to implement a SMS in addition to the Management System.

The SMS tasks are normally spread over three levels i.e. Corporate, Local and Safety Specialisation. The Safety Director/Safety Manager, who is responsible for the implementation, administration and overall operation of the SMS, is usually at the highest or corporate level. In large organisations these tasks are delegated to local safety managers, sometimes referred to as Safety Coordinators or Safety Officers. These persons therefore perform tasks similar to the Safety Managers but on a reduced (local) scale. In smaller organisations often this level is not used since it leads only to duplication of work without any significant benefits. The final level of the SMS involves a number of persons performing tasks related to only one element/area of the SMS. Such persons are called experts/practitioners/specialists and usually perform the role of Occurrence Investigator, Safety Assessor, Safety Surveyor or a combination of these roles.

It is recommended that before embarking on a career in SMS, whatever the level of activity, staff are given a basic knowledge of the SMS as a whole. Such knowledge ensures that they are aware of the constituent elements of the SMS and understand the relationships and interaction of these elements. Thus this knowledge will be a great asset in assisting them when later they come to apply/analyse their particular area of SMS specialisation.
Objectives

This course is designed to give the attendees a basic understanding of the elements and functions involved in a compliant ICAO and EASA Safety Management System (SMS). Thus the objectives of the course are to:

·      understand the need for implementation of the Safety Management System;

·      describe the main elements of the SMS;

·       explain and summarise the links between the various SMS elements;

·      enable participants to network and share information and materials with other attendees.

Audience
The course is open to all participants who have an interest in safety management or will be embarking on a career in safety management. Any person from the Service Providers or Regulatory Authority will benefit from attending it.
Certificate awarded
All candidates will receive a certificate of attendance.
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Course timetable
Price
No fee applies for course participants from Member States’ competent authorities and certified organisations. The training cost is sponsored by the EUROCONTROL Work Programme.

The price per course participant from other organisations or individuals is 960 EUR.
Terms and Conditions
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Location
IANS - EUROCONTROL Institute of Air Navigation Services, Luxembourg