FAA - FO VS 8000.367A
Aviation Safety (AVS) Safety Management System Requirements
|Publication Date:||30 November 2012|
The A VSSMS is the formal, top-down, A VS-wide approach to managing safety risk and assuring the effectiveness of safety risk controls. It includes systematic procedures, practices, and policies for the management of safety risk. This order describes the functional requirements for the AVSSMS.
a. The requirements in this order apply to A VS and all A VS services/offices. Therefore, services/offices must meet all pertinent requirements contained in this order pursuant to implementation of the AVSSMS.
b. The A VSSMS consists of four main components: Safety Policy, Safety Risk Management (SRM), Safety Assurance, and Safety Promotion. These components are covered in more detail in the body of this order. The components work together to enable A VS to manage the safety risk in the aerospace system.
(1) Safety Policy is the organization's documented commitment to safety, which defines its safety objectives and the accountabilities and responsibilities of its employees in regards to safety.
(2) SRM is a process within the SMS composed of describing the system, identifying the hazards, and analyzing, assessing, and controlling risk.
(3) Safety Assurance includes processes within the SMS that function systematically to ensure the performance and effectiveness of safety risk controls and that the organization meets or exceeds its safety objectives through the collection, analysis, and assessment of information.
(4) Safety Promotion is a combination of training and communication of safety information to support the implementation and operation of an SMS in an organization.
c. In addition to implementation of the A VSSMS, each AVS service/office with product/service provider oversight responsibility is encouraged to establish programs to apply proposed 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 5, Safety Management Systems, 1 to those organizations. For example, Flight Standards Service (AFS) would apply proposed part 5 to operators and maintenance organizations and Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) would apply proposed part 5 to manufacturers and design organizations. It is understood that in order to require certificate holders to meet proposed part 5 requirements, the FAA must conduct rulemaking. Therefore, A VS services/offices with product/service provider oversight responsibility should determine if establishing a voluntary program to apply proposed part 5 is preferable to rulemaking.
d. The AVSSMS supplements existing CFRs. Together, they are the basis for:
(1) Identifying hazards in the aerospace system and making or modifying safety risk controls, which are promulgated in the form of regulations, standards, orders, directives, policies, etc.;
(2) Specifying the regulatory basis for compliance with requirements;
(3) Specifying acceptable means of compliance with requirements;
(4) Providing Safety Assurance of the product/service provider organizations for which A VS has oversight responsibility through:
(a) Conducting design assurance when issuing certificates and approvals; and
(b) Performance assurance through continued operational safety.
(5) Requiring corrective action and, if necessary, taking enforcement actions; and
(6) Approving, accepting, or concurring with SMSs in product/service provider organizations for which A VS has oversight responsibility and overseeing their continual compliance with SMS requirements.
e. The reader is encouraged to review Appendix A for definitions oftetms used in this order.
Purpose of This Order.
This order defines the requirements for the Safety Management System (SMS) in Aviation Safety (AVS).
1 Proposed CFR part 5, Safety Management
Systems, was proposed in "SMS for Part 121 Operators" Notice
of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) (75 FR 68224, October 29, 20 10). It
is available on the Federal Register at: