Argus Report Highlights Problems in SMS Audit Process
Aviation data provider Argus has highlighted deficiencies in safety management system audits in its latest Prism analysis of some SMS audit results from both private and commercial flight operations. Each audit looked for evidence of effective and efficient operations, as well as best SMS practices in line with ISBAO or FAA AC 120-92A standards. The report was created to highlight recurring deficiencies in those SMS audits.
Of the 75 audits reviewed last year, 71 percent indicated a deficiency with the internal company evaluation programs (IEP) themselves while another 61 percent showed weaknesses in safety training. Slightly more than half–52 percent–reported deficiencies in company SMS manuals, and hazard reporting weaknesses were found in 45 percent of the audits. Risk assessments showed deficiencies in 43 percent of audits, and company safety committees were written up in 40 percent of audits.
Among the report’s recommendations was that the process “should include the root cause of the non-conformity, as well as a record-keeping system for all evidence related to the audit, its findings and its corrective actions.”
More recommendations appeared under the safety policy umbrella than under any other category.