Safety management systems (SMS) are a formal risk management framework to improve safety.
Under SMS, organisations have systems for hazard identification and risk management, safety targets and reporting processes, procedures for audit, investigations, remedial actions, and safety education.
Implementing a SMS will provide an organisation with a simple and organised approach to preventing accidents or incidents, and is considered smart business management. A successfully implemented SMS will drive better safety performance. In turn, this will lead to a more profitable business.
Examples of SMS in action from the aviation community.
Draft appendix to Advisory Circular AC137-1 Agricultural aircraft operations [PDF 99 KB]
This appendix is intended to provide guidance material on how to develop an SMS manual and associated documentation for smaller organisations that have not previously been required to produce an exposition or manual.
Part 100 Safety Management, which came into force on 01 February 2016, prescribes requirements for SMS.
AC100-1 Safety Management provides explanatory information and examples of how to comply with Part 100.
Vector SMS articles [PDF 21 MB] - A collection of SMS-related articles from Vector magazine through to March 2020.