Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Forget About Safety And Think Cash!

For a moment, read this blog and forget about safety and think cash revenue of a successful business. Complete safety are intangible and unreachable goals. Safety goals may be set and aimed for, but in the end there will be other safety goals to reach beyond the newly established goals.

Think about it for a second. How does an organization measure safety? Is it measured as passed records, or as future avoidable accidents? Passed history is not a guarantee for future events and future avoidable accidents do not exist.

Safety is not black and white without changes, but is the range of the color spectrum in a changing world.
Definition of safety is generally accepted as: ” the condition of being protected from or unlikely to cause danger, risk, or injury." How is it then possible to protect someone from danger, risk or injury when the conditions to produce these events are virtual events of future fantasies?  

Cash is what keeps an airline flying and a tool to manage risks. Statistically, a major accident during a longer period of time will happen. However, an accidents are not expected to happen for any specific flight at anytime during that same timeline, and no one have the tools to predict in advance of an accident bound airplane. 

Think cash, and manage risk and safety as cash is managed. Revenue cash is not based on a virtual ballooned cash flow at some time in the future, but is the day to day managed cash flow to sustain a profitable and energetic business. Safety is managed this same way. 

Safety is to keep an eye on the sun and to prepare for changes as it sets behind, or raise above the mountains. 
Safety is not the management of a "ballooned" expensive accident in the future, but by managing processes that are known to produce safety results, and further develop these processes for better safety results. Safety is to manage how things are done day in and day out in an organization. 
The Safety Management System (SMS) and Statistical Process Control (SPC) have become the new tools to discover regular, but unknown operational expenses, by allowing expenses for irregular safety processes to remain undisclosed. SMS is a tool to discover why there is time and cash to do the job twice, but not enough time to do the job right the first time. 


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Regulatory Compliance Without SMS Is A Selective Picture Of Safety

Technical regulations are static requirements of operations while process regulations are operational safety management. During the Pre-SMS days, when technical regulatory requirements were applied as operational processes, the assumption was that more technical regulations automatically produced a safer operational environment.

Regulatory compliance without SMS is like a bias selection of a still picture.
A car has a breaking system, a steering system, an acceleration system, a power system, a torque system, a display system and several other systems. When it comes off the assembly plant it is regulatory compliant and have met all standards required. A speedometer indicating mph or km/hr, headlights showing white, with correct intensity and alignment, a steering wheel of approved shape and size and operating pedals placed in order as required.
A vehicle operator has a license to operate, has passed both a knowledge test and practical test to drive. The road system, consisting of highways for cross country travel, access roads to local places and streets for city addresses. All aspects conform to regulatory requirements.

An airplane comes off the assembly line in the same manner as a car. The system has put in place runways and airways for travel between points of destinations. An airplane is regulatory compliant with wings, flaps, power units, control-input units, and  pilots who have a pilot license to operate and qualified of aircraft type.

When SMS is Regulatory compliant, that is when operational facts are discovered. 

After major accidents, more technical regulations and standards are put in place to make flying safer. Unless operations have processes in place to manage safety, or risks  (as there are inherent risks in flying), aviation is only safe as long as an airplane conforms to static regulatory compliance on the ground. At the moment it moves, another world of managing safety opens up. Safety does not miraculously comply to safety regulations and standards unless it is managed.

It was not until a Safety Management System came into play in aviation that operations had a tool to manage and make safety happen.

A Safety Management System (SMS) is safety in operation, safety in human factors, environmental factors, organizational factors, supervision factor and it is to make regulatory compliant operating processes. When these processes are in place, the risk in flying is reduced to a level of certainty of processes effectiveness.