Safety Management Systems

CSSI utilizes Safety Management System (SMS) as the framework for our safety work. By using the SMS model to safety, CSSI provides organizations, both large and small, with a risk-based approach to decision making to manage safety. This includes people-based organizational and management views of safety along with a traditional system safety model. We have expertise in all four (4) pillars of the SMS: Policy, Safety Risk Management, Safety Assurance, and Safety Promotion.  Our core safety capabilities gained from more than 15 years of experience serving the Federal Aviation Administration and the Federal Transit Administration, include data gathering, event validation and assessment, safety communication and outreach, risk assessment, and development of tailored safety tools.

CSSI is the exclusive provider of the FAA Air Traffic Organization’s (ATO’s) voluntary safety reporting programs, which gather information on safety events and problems from frontline air traffic controllers and technicians to supplement automated data collection systems.  This helps provide the answer to “Why something happened?” rather than the more simple “What happened?”  Our safety tools support ATO risk analysis processes ensuring an objective evaluation of risk. We have pioneered the sharing of safety data with other aviation safety systems including the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) and the Aviation Sharing and Information Analysis System (ASIAS) supporting the application of large-scale data analytics to move from a reactive safety culture to a proactive and predictive safety culture.

CSSI safety work is performed by recognized SMS safety experts and operational SMEs, including air traffic control specialists, many of whom previously held key program management and leadership positions in FAA safety organizations developing and implementing the ATO SMS and working with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Separations and Required Procedures workgroup.  We also employ active Air Transport Pilot (ATP) rated airline pilots that afford us the 360 view of safety.  These safety experts ensure a robust hazard identification and assessment process, leading to the development of more effective mitigations that increase the level of safety.