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Safety Benefits of Aviation Safety Management Systems

The most obvious benefits of aviation safety management system are the safety benefits. In terms of general safety benefits of implementing an aviation SMS program, here are the main advantages:

  1. Better safety culture
  2. Improved safety in operational environment
  3. Better compliance results
  4. More safety data
  5. Improved safety documentation

Business Benefits of Aviation Safety Management Systems

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Airlines and airports can live or die by their safety reputation. Not only does better business performance provide more resource potential for the safety program, but safety performance has wide ranging business benefits. These benefits are good for service-quality and business health. Here are the major business benefits of adopting an aviation safety program.

  1. Better reputation among consumers and in media
  2. Higher sales volume
  3. More trust with investors
  4. Ability to reach higher product standards
  5. More quality control

Financial Benefits of Aviation Safety Management System

In terms of the bottom line, adopting an SMS program has huge financial incentives for businesses. For a fantastic study on exactly what kind of return on investment (ROI) for implementing an SMS a company might, click the link. Here are some of the major financial benefits of adopting a safety management system:

  1. Reduced cost of lost/damaged equipment
  2. Lower insurance premiums
  3. Reduced damage claims
  4. Reduced payroll costs (less lost time by employees)
  5. Reduced worker’s compensation (one company saw their workers comp fall 92% in the 12 years after they adopted SMS [1])

Employee Benefits of Aviation Safety Management System

The main benefit for employees in whose workplace has an SMS program is the marked improvement in work satisfaction and quality operational conditions - i.e., better aviation safety culture. These benefits are:

  1. Better health and safety in the workplace
  2. Better productivity for all operations
  3. Improved work quality conditions and worker satisfaction (i.e., resources, relationship with management, trust in job security, etc.)
  4. Reduced employee turnover
  5. Reduced absenteeism (i.e., less aversion to working environment results in less missed time)