FAA Publishes Safety Management System Guide
The FAA’s new order VS8000.367A–which aims to establish an SMS at the agency’s AVS (aviation safety) branch–defines the requirements for safety management systems (SMS) and is considered by the agency to be a comprehensive top-down resource for managing its risk programs. “The FAA is implementing an SMS to integrate the management of safety risk into business planning, operations and decision making to enhance safety for the flying public as well as strengthen the agency’s leadership role in the field,” said the order. The new document outlines how to maintain organizations that oversee aviation safety, while also identifying hazards that can affect safety, and helping to mitigate risks. The guide is intended to ensure standardization across the agency by clearly identifying safety priorities, reducing safety risks and monitoring safety performance.