In recent years, business processes have been amended to include safety management. Managing safety is now the key to the success of any business. International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) have mandated the implementation of a Safety Management System (SMS) in aviation, even though SMS is still a mystery to many.

The model of SMS recommended by Litson and Associates has four Components consisting of twelve Elements. Each element is discussed in detail to ensure a full understanding. Typically, the ideal candidates on the SMS course are those individuals in the organisation who will be appointed in the roles of Aviation Safety Officers and Aviation Safety Managers (ASO/M). The SMS Refresher course is formative of nature with the objective of training the delegate as an ASO/M with principles based on SMS outcomes.

The Regulator has introduced a requirement for a refresher SMS course on a three-yearly basis, this course is aimed at satisfying this requirement.


To re-affirm the delegates knowledge of safety management to assist them to fully understand the task of the appointment as Company ASO/ASM and to introduce any new aspects of SMS as per ICAO 9859.

At the end of the two-day course, delegates will have a sustained understanding of what SMS entails, what the ASO/M has to contend with on an ongoing basis and how to manage the SMS requirements at an accountable manager level.

Pre-entry Requirements:

1. Successfully completed a 5-day SMS initial course,
2. In-depth knowledge about their organisation’s aviation activities, and
3. Good communication in both written and spoken English.

Programme duration:

2 days

Modules Covered:

Welcome, Registration and Introduction
1. Safety management fundamentals
2. Hazard identification, safety reporting and risk management
3. Safety management standards, regulations and recommended practices
4. Elements of the Safety Management System (including e-SMS-S™)
5. Management commitment and responsibility
6. Safety accountabilities
7. Appointment of key safety personnel
8. Coordination of emergency response planning
9. Safety Management System documentation
10. Hazard identification
11. Risk assessment and mitigation
12. Safety performance monitoring and measurement
13. Risk assessment and mitigation
14. Safety performance monitoring and measurement
15. The management of change
16. Continuous improvement of the SMS
17. Safety training and education
18. Safety communication
19. SMS implementation and integration of management systems e.g. OHS
20. Human factors, culture and communication

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