Developing and Utilizing Lead Indicators in SMS
Thursday, March 5 | | 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, Room N261
Safety Management Track
Traditional safety programs focus heavily on data created after an accident has occurred, or “lag” indicators. How can we create safety initiatives that intercept accidents before they happen? This class will utilize safety management system (SMS) techniques that can create “lead” indicators that allow safety managers to identify and intercept potential accidents before they occur. These techniques are especially helpful for small operators with minimal incident history who otherwise must use lag data from other sources.
The student will learn how lead indicator techniques fit into a SMS and several methods for developing lead indicators and how to use them to create safety interventions. The class will show students how to verify that lead indicator–driven techniques are working with SMS validation methods.
As an instructor pilot, contract instructor and, as of this year, the Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s safety program manager, Bryan Smith has presented training material to pilots, flight officers, administrators, and law enforcement officers who utilize aviation assets across the country. He uses his personal experiences (both in the aircraft and on the ground) in performing the tasks he teaches to connect with students and to ensure the information has real-world application.