Introduction to Safety Management Systems and Risk Assessment

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September 7-9, 2018
Location: ERAU Berlin Campus, Kurfürstenstr. 56,10785 Berlin
Instructor Achim Ruff-Stahl

Course Outline

Systemic safety management implies a systematic approach to managing safety. It includes a series of defined, organization-wide processes that enable effective risk-based decision-making in your daily operations. The objective of systemic safety management is to identify, assess, and satisfactorily mitigate safety risks before incidents and accidents happen.

Previously, safety management was reactive and focused on learning from incidents and accidents that have already happened. While human factors were identified as a major cause for safety break downs in aviation and in spite of substantial efforts in human error mitigation, the major reason for safety incidents and accidents in aviation did not change. Consequently, in recent years, a proactive and predictive approach towards managing safety has been increasingly adopted. This approach to safety management is based on following a risk management strategy that includes identifying hazards before they materialize into incidents or accidents and implementing effective controls to reduce these risks.

Target audience

  • Senior managers in safety and risk relevant organizations, such as in the aviation, chemical, medical, and transport industry.
  • Owners and executives of safety relevant businesses, such as flight schools, airports, transport companies, clinics.
  • Senior officials in government, who oversee and regulate safety and risk relevant organizations and companies.
Topics
  • Safety Management Systems
  • Accident causation models – Reason's, SHELL, and HFACS model
  • Basic systems theory – system components and their interactions and interferences in organizations
  • The 4 pillars of SMS – safety policy, safety risk assessment, safety assurance, safety promotion
  • Safety Risk Management
  • The concept of risk – risk assessment, risk classification, risk reduction
  • Safety goals – setting measurable objectives, making risk-based decisions
  • Fault tree analysis – calculating and predicting risk
  • Managing the safety space – balancing safety and cost
  • Human Factors
  • Culture – the crossroads of national, organizational, and professional cultures
  • Human Factors accident and incident causation – investigation methods from cognitive, interaction based, behavioral, psychosocial, and organizational perspectives.
  • Human Factors risk mitigation – proactively and predictively assessing workplaces and organizational changes, their impact on Human Factors, and implementing risk reduction measures

COST : €1150 +19% VAT


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