ACRP Report: Lessons Learned from Airport Safety Management Systems Pilot Studies
TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 37: Lessons Learned from Airport Safety Management Systems Pilot Studies
provides airport operators with data and experience from safety management system (SMS) pilot study airports. The report addresses SMS pilot study program management; SMS components design, development, and deployment; and SMS challenges and benefits.
In simple terms, SMS is a proactive business approach to managing and mitigating potential hazards within the organization to improve safety performance. SMS is comprised of four components (or pillars), including safety policy, safety risk management, safety assurance, and safety promotion.
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Project Number: 11-03/Topic S04-07
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FAA Internal Order 5200.11
requires that airports conduct SRAs for Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funded projects. SRAs are currently included in the FAA Office of Airports (ARP) approval process for airside-related projects. Currently the FAA Order 5200.11 pertains only to large hub airports; however, ARP plans to apply this requirement to all Part 139 airports as soon as sufficient FAA staff is trained and available to support the expanded initiative. ARP has provided guidance for the new SRM requirement within Order 5200.11.
Under FAA Advisory Circular 150/5370-2F
, which sets forth guidelines for operational safety on airports during construction, certain airport projects may require the airport operator to provide a Project Proposal Summary to help the FAA to determine the appropriate level of SRM documentation. The airport operator must coordinate with the appropriate FAA Airports Regional or District Office early in the development of a Construction Safety and Phasing Plan (CSPP) to determine the need for SRM documentation.