ICAO SMS Policy Guidelines

  1. Safety policy shall be signed by the Accountable Executive of the organization.
  2. Safety policy shall include the responsibilities of management and employees with respect to the safety performance of the SMS.
  3. Safety policy shall include a clear statement about the provision of the necessary resources for its implementation.
  4. Safety policy shall be communicated, with visible endorsement, throughout the organization.
  5. Safety policy shall also incorporate statements regarding:
  6.     * Commitment to continual improvement in the level of safety;    
        * Hazard reporting procedures; and    
        * Conditions under which disciplinary action would be not be applicable following hazard reporting by employees.
  7. Safety policy shall be in accordance with all applicable legal requirements and international standards, best industry practices and shall reflect organizational commitments regarding safety.
  8. The safety policy shall be reviewed periodically to ensure it remains relevant and appropriate to the organization.

SMS Policy Template for Aviation SMS

A safety policy statement could look like this:

To prevent aviation accidents and incidents our organization will maintain an active safety management system. I support the open sharing of information on all safety issues and encourage all employees to report significant errors, safety hazards or concerns. I pledge that no staff member will be asked to compromise our safety standards to “get the job done”.

Safety is a corporate value of this company, and we believe in providing our employees and customers with a safe environment. All employees must comply with this policy.

Our overall safety objective is the proactive management of identifiable hazards and their associated risks with the intent to eliminate their potential for affecting aviation safety, and for injury to people and damage to equipment or the environment. To that end, we will continuously examine our operation for these hazards and find ways to minimize them. We will encourage hazards and incident reporting, train staff on safety management, document our findings and mitigation actions and strive for continuous improvement.

Ultimate responsibility for aviation safety in the company rests with me as the Chief Executive Officer/Accountable Manager. Responsibility for making our operations safer for everyone lies with each one of us – from managers to front-line employees. Each manager is responsible for implementing the safety management system in his or her area of responsibility, and will be held accountable to ensure that all reasonable steps are taken.

Guidlines and Manuals

Note: SMS Pro™ has modules to manage:

ICAO Compliant SMS programs require aviation safety policies
  • Policies;
  • Duties & Requirements of Key Safety Personnel;
  • Commitment to Safety;
  • Review Periods;
  • and more