Air Safety Support International
It almost goes without saying that we all want aviation to be safe.
There are many possible reasons for adopting SMS. As all organisations are different the benefits that they receive will vary but there are a number of safety benefits that everyone will share:
Using SMS is simply adopting a businesslike approach to safety, similar to the way that finances are managed. Unless a company or organisation experiences a loss, or critically assesses both the direct and indirect costs of an occurrence, the full implications are unlikely to be appreciated. The direct costs are usually easy to quantify, they include damage to the aircraft, compensation for injuries and damage to property and are usually settled through an insurance claim.
The indirect costs are more difficult to assess, these are often not covered or fully reimbursed by the company's insurance and the impact is often delayed.
This includes items such as:
Use of an SMS has clear business benefits:
The cost of implementing and maintaining SMS becomes less significant and well worth the investment when contrasted with the cost of doing nothing.
It makes sound business - as well as safety - sense.