Safety is of utmost importance in the Aviation industry because the risk is life-threatening, that is why Safety Management System has become a standard in the industry all over the world. Safety management is about safety decision-making throughout the organisation.
The Aviation industry is evolving everyday, Technology and System Improvements have contributed greatly to Safety, so also great attention to detail and attitude of Aviation personnel. Recognizing that accidents can be averted whether through structured systems or input of employees is an important aspect of Safety Management System. Safety begins from the top to the bottom, everyone from the Cleaners, Ramp Personnel, Pilots to the FAA Inspectors, Directors etc.
How Safety Management System Addresses the Aviation Industry’s Safety Problem
- Safety Management requires the organization itself to examine its operations and the decisions around those operations.
- It allows an organization to adapt to change, increasing complexity, and limited resources.
- It also promotes the continuous improvement of safety through specific methods to predict hazards from employee reports and data collection, the industry will then use this information to analyze, assess, and control risk.
- Part of the process will also include the monitoring of controls and of the system itself for effectiveness.
- Safety Management System will help the Aviation Industry comply with existing regulations while predicting the need for future action by sharing knowledge and information.
- Finally, Safety Management System includes requirements that will enhance the safety attitudes of the industry by changing the safety culture of leadership, management, and employees.
- All these changes are designed to move the Industry from reactive thinking to predictive thinking.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requires Safety Management System for the management of safety risk in Air Operations, Maintenance, Air Traffic Services and Aerodromes. These requirements have been expanded to include flight training and design and production of aircraft. Furthermore, ICAO has published safety management requirements for States by mandating that States establish a State Safety Programme (SSP) in order to achieve acceptable safety performance in their civil aviation systems. As such, it is beneficial for civil aviation authorities (CAAs) to harmonize their Safety Management System and State Safety Programme requirements and implementation activities and collaborate on common topics of interest.
Safety Management System is specifically handled by the Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA) personnel, so if you are seeking to pursue a career there you would focus on applying through the Civil Aviation Authorities. In Nigeria, you can visit their website http://www.ncaa.gov.ng
The following category fall under safety management jobs of Civil Aviation Authority:
- Flight Dispatcher
- Air Traffic Controller
- Aeronautics Station Operators
- Pilot Instructors
- General Training and Operations
To increase your chance of getting a job, you need to have a high school certificate or University degree (depending on what division you are applying for), in any field but preferably in Aeronautics and Aerospace, SMS Certificate in IATA would give you an added advantage, A well packaged Resume and a Formal experience in the Aviation sector.For Flight instructors job, experience and Course Certifications in Aeronautics is essential