Safety Policy

The safety policy components of an SMS provide an enabling framework for safety and are often based on regulatory requirements. CSSI draws from its experience with regulatory agencies and transportation organizations to deliver full-service support for the design and implementation of safety policy. 

Identify gaps in existing safety policy

The first step is identifying gaps between existing safety policies and oversight/regulatory requirements.  Checklists developed from the oversight/regulatory policy are used to identify gaps.  Additionally, review of evaluations and assessments provide insight into areas requiring the development of policy.

Develop SMS policy framework

Based on this gap analysis and directives from relevant regulations, CSSI recommends areas for regulatory improvement and works with the customer to develop the SMS framework, which includes:

  • Safety organization structure, roles and responsibilities
  • Processes to define valid safety indicators
  • Processes to define the target and acceptable levels of safety
  • Processes to conduct SRM, Safety Assurance, and Safety Promotion
  • Supporting directives to formalize quality control/quality assurance, technical training, incident reporting and response, and the documentation of procedures

These documents codify the SMS as a validated control for risk mitigation. They also help ensure organizational compliance with critical elements of the system security plan.

Train staff and deliver training documents

Safety Promotion provides training to communicate:

  • What SMS is what it is not
  • How a Safety Risk Management process works
  • How safety is measured
  • Milestones, successes, etc.

For questions about developing a Safety Management System for your organization, contact an SMS expert.