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Metrics for Aviation Safety Management Systems


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A 3-part seminar, the first focusing on the current situation and practice, the second discussing state-of-the-art approaches to safety, and the third presenting new safety metrics.

Date and Time

05 June 2018 - 09:00-16:30


London, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the Aerospace TPN. Contact Chloe Llewellyn at CLlewellyn@theiet.org for more information.

About this event

In the frame of an on-going research project about aviation safety metrics, it was shown that current safety metrics are not standardised and their validity lies more on reasoning rather than empirical evidence. Surveys across 13 aviation companies confirmed that different metrics are used by various organisations, and indicated a lack of consistent relationships of SMS processes, operational activity and demographic data with safety outcomes.

Following these results and based also on the need for metrics that do not require vast amounts of data, the researchers of the Aviation Academy of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences have developed six new metrics. These cover aspects of safety management systems (SMS), safety at the operational level and culture, they have been reviewed by aviation companies and knowledge experts, and they can be used jointly or separately to offer to organizations valuable insights.

The Seminar will be led by:
Dr Robert Jan de Boer, Professor of Aviation Engineering
Dr Nektarios Karanikas, Associate Professor, Safety & Human Factors
Aviation Academy, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

 - This event is joint with the Aviation Academy, University of Amsterdam Applied Sciences


09:00 Registration and refreshments

09:30 Welcome and Introduction. David Lindley, Chairman IET Aerospace Technical Professional Network

09:40 Current situation and practice in safety metrics.

The current situation around safety metrics and recent research results will be presented in combination with discussions with the attendees about challenges they face in their daily practice.

11:10 Refreshments and networking

11:40 Modern safety approaches: talking but not embedding.

We will present, discuss and reflect on state-of-the-art approaches to safety management and performance, which have not yet been made fully operational although they are accepted to various extents.

13:10 Lunch and networking

14:10 New metrics for safety management – part (a)

New safety metrics about the evaluation of Safety Management Systems and complexity levels will be presented. During the session the participants will have access to the respective tools/metrics as well as the opportunity to use them.

15:10 New metrics for safety management – part (b)

New safety metrics about safety culture prerequisites, risk control effectiveness and resource gaps will be presented. During the session the participants will have access to the respective tools/metrics as well as the opportunity to use them.

16:10 Wrap-up and Chairman’s closing Remarks

16:30 Seminar/Workshop close

Reasons to attend

• Be informed about the latest developments in the field of aviation safety management metrics

• Get insights into new tools that will allow to evaluate safety management and practice from various angles

• Complement compliance-based safety management assessments with performance-based ones


£20 student/retired
£30 member
£45 non-member


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