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Design, Development and Delivery of Safety Management System Training to Transport Canada: Six Years and Counting David Wilson, Stantec (formerly Jacques.

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1 Design, Development and Delivery of Safety Management System Training to Transport Canada: Six Years and Counting David Wilson, Stantec (formerly Jacques Whitford) Roger Barker, ISR

2 2 Outline The Mandate The Plan Course Design and Development –Transport Canadas Start Point –Inclusion of International and Audit Content Course Delivery –Institutional Challenges –Regional Challenges Internal vs. External Reaction

3 3 The Mandate The broad objectives of the SMS course are: For Delegated Officers (DOs) and Management to develop a detailed understanding of SMS, thereby instilling confidence and obtaining buy-in to TCs SMS program For DOs to develop the skills necessary to execute their mandates in the assessment of SMS

4 4 Aviation mission and vision To develop and administer policies and regulations for the safest civil aviation system for Canada and Canadians using a systems approach to managing risks –Continuous improvement –High level of public confidence Flight 2005: A Civil Aviation Framework for Canada

5 Safe Environment Safety Awareness Safe Person in Safe Environment Supervision Driven Team Driven Behavior Driven INCIDENT RATE Command & Control ProgramsManagement Systems Evolution of Safety Management

6 6 Towards Zero... …is the condition to which risks are managed to acceptable levels. Workplace Safety Standards

7 7 TC Requirements Aviation organizations should establish and maintain a safety management system that conforms to all of the requirements of applicable Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) and Standards

8 8 TC Requirements There are 9 parts to the CARs: 1.General Provisions 2.Aircraft Identification and Registration and Operation of a Leased Aircraft by a NON-registered owner 3.Aerodromes and Airports 4.Personnel Licensing and Training 5.Airworthiness –Aircraft Certification (AC) –Maintenance & Manufacturing (M&M) 6.General Operating and Flight Rules 7.Commercial Air Services 8.Air Navigation Services 9.Repeals and Coming into Force

9 9 The Plan Phase 1: Analysis –Deliverable 1: Training Needs Analysis, Learning Strategy, Final Work Plan and Background Update Phase 2: Evaluation and Design for CBA and AMM –Deliverable 2: Course Syllabus, Course Materials Phase 3: Pilot Course –Deliverable 3: Pilot Course, Course Evaluation Phase 4: Course Delivery to CBA and AMM –Deliverable 4: CBA Course, AMM Course

10 10 The Plan contd Phase 5: Validation of Course Delivery to CBA and AMM –Deliverable 5: Confirmed Assessment Protocol, Course Validation Optional Phase 6: Adaptation for Other Functional Branches –Deliverable 6: Adapted Course(s) Optional Phase 7: Course Delivery to Other Functional Branches –Deliverable 7: Other Functional Branch Course(s) Optional Phase 8: Validation of Course Delivery to Other Functional Branches –Deliverable 8: Course Validation(s)

11 11 Course Design Definition of the target population Identification of the SMS knowledge level of target audience Review of CARs and notices of proposed amendments (NPAs) to CARs relating to SMS Review all applicable national and international (e.g., UK, Australia and GAIN) aviation SMS policies and guidelines Assessment of the existing safety culture within the target audience

12 Safety Metrics Assessment Survey-based tool from sub-consultant Distributed internally to approx DOs: 150 replies Intent was to identify: –Internal issues/barriers within TC –Issues/barriers external to TC (customer, industry, etc.) 12

13 Training Needs Assessment Front line staff were fully aware of their needs and challenges –Different measures are required to measure safety and SMS; –The interdependencies of attitude, behaviour, and motivation cannot be ignored –Inspectors need practical demonstration of a functioning SMS from the ground up, –If support, guidance, and structural leadership from management are not forthcoming (as happened with Risk Management training), then SMS training will fail. 13

14 Global Review of TC SMS Global references: –OHSAS18001 –GAIN –CASA Australia - Guide to Aviation SMS –SMS for Commercial Air Transport Operations - Guide to Implementation (UK) –OGP Checklist for an audit of safety management Resulting additions to the TC model: –Continuous Improvement –Feedback –Annual Management Review of the SMS –Contractors must meet safety standards which do not impinge on the SMS of the organisation –Inter and Intra-company Safety Performance Comparison 14

15 15 The TC SMS Model 1. Safety Management Plan Safety Policy Non-punitive Safety Reporting Policy Roles, Responsibilities & Employee Involvement Communication Safety Planning, Objectives & Goals Performance Measurement Management Review 2. Document Management Identification & Maintenance of Applicable Regulations SMS Documentation Records Management 6. Emergency Preparedness 5. Quality Assurance 4. Training 3. Safety Oversight Reactive Processes Proactive Processes Investigation and Analysis Risk Management

16 Course Development Addressing Gaps: –Audit Approach –Approach to Assessing SMS: Assessors vs. Inspectors –The TC SMS Model vs. Plan-Do-Check-Act 16

17 Course Delivery Initial 4-day course (03-04) –19 deliveries V2: 4-day course (04-05) –18 deliveries V3: 3-day course (05-09) –15 deliveries (eLearning course starts in fall 09) 2-day awareness course 2-day multi-model course ½ day refresher course 17

18 3-day Course Content History of SMS Introduction to TC SMS SMS Elements –Safety Management Plan –Documentation –Safety Oversight –QA, Training, EPR Safety Performance Measurement Safety Culture Implementation of SMS SMS Evaluation Guide Process to Assess Industry SMS Completing the Assessment 18

19 19 The Assessment should get to the Real Issues !! DD

20 Addition of Broader Audit Approach DOs used to inspections and checklist-driven audits Process vs. procedure view not well differentiated: had to get up out of the trees No methodology for producing defensible, quantified assessments of SMS: development of the SMS Assessment Process 20

21 21 SMS Assessment Process Pre- Assessment On-Site Observations Post Assessment and Follow Up

22 22 Assessment Criteria

23 Plugging the Holes with PDCA Gaps in management system elements identified in course design were not addressed until V2/V3 of the course: –Management review –Proactive process (risk management) Some backlash from attendees as a result, however intent was to arm DOs as best possible to allow them to engage industry 23

24 Institutional Challenges SMS needs a Paradigm shift within aviation from : –DOs are responsible for aviation safety responsible for operators actions and take accountability for them –Operators must get all actions approved by TC –Audits of operators are only done by DOs and the operators cannot be trusted to do carry out internal ones themselves –Conflict of interest in the "old way of doing things" 24

25 Regional Challenges Different degrees of involvement and engagement by Regional Directors Regional cultural differences: adversarial vs. partner approaches from POIs/PMIs 25

26 Internal vs. External Reaction Within TC: –Sounds good in theory –Are we prepared to back this up? –How does this system scale from large to small? –Will TC really enforce the SMS CARS? 26

27 Internal vs. External Reaction contd Within industry: –Larger operators/AMOs/airports: we do this now (but may lack some rigour…) –Hazard analysis and identifying risk significant activities often a weakness –Smaller operators: what is it exactly that you want me to do (and when exactly do I get to make a living…)? 27

28 In Conclusion Training of TC Civil Aviation a major undertaking (time, personnel, cost) Paradigm shift just now starting to show broadly in TC Communicate, communicate, communicate: can it ever be enough? We see senior managers taking more of a lead, and see that aviation experts are needing to become more proficient in management 28

29 In Conclusion contd SMS is about risk control - the loop of hazard- risk-objectives-measures-audit-management review drives a big shift in the way management perceive their roles and forces communication into the organizations Tough part awaits: small operators Grateful to have been able to play a role 29

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