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Flat-Fee SMS Implementation

     TACG provides training and consulting in Safety Management Systems (SMS) on a global basis. In the U.S., SMS is not currently mandatory for most operators, but this will soon change. We suggest being proactive and "staying ahead of the curve" by beginning your SMS implementation now, as SMS will be required by mandate in the very near future. For operators outside of the U.S., SMS may or may not be mandatory at this time, depending on your geographic location. Regardless, if your country is signatory to ICAO, your CAA will soon require you to have an SMS if you do not already have one. TACG works with operators on a worldwide basis to assist with their SMS implementation process. In fact, we specialize in working with aviation operators and CAA's in developing countries!

 

 

     TACG has the experience and know-how to assist with your SMS implementation, whether your aviation organization is an airline, MRO, airport, or any other type of operator. We can assist your organization with a wide menu of options; these options include "a la carte" services all the way up to full SMS implementation for one flat fee! Additionally, we have partnered with SMS Pro, the leading SMS software provider, to offer you the most robust software solution available, to measure and monitor your SMS. We would be happy to set up an SMS Pro software demo for you to see for yourself why SMS Pro is the best software solution on the market! 

     TACG president and chief consultant Dr. Bob Baron began teaching and consulting in SMS in 2006, long before SMS became a buzzword in the United States. Today, it seems like everybody is (or wants to be) an SMS expert. Sadly, this has led to poor guidance, and ultimately, much frustration for organizations attempting to implement a functional SMS. SMS is not something that should be attempted by someone without the proper qualifications and experience. An analogy would be: Yes, you could have a nurse remove your gall bladder but you'd probably have much better results if you had a trained surgeon remove it! The same applies to SMS. Dr. Baron did not jump on the SMS bandwagon; instead, he has developed a foundation of academic and practical experience that has been time tested. He has a Ph.D in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (the things safety culture and SMS are built on), has conducted dissertation research on safety climate at an aircraft maintenance facility, and works globally (in the trenches) as an aviation safety consultant, implementing SMS and acting as a cultural change agent in some of the most challenging parts of the world.

 

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SMS Jumpstart Package

 

 

     Check out our popular "SMS Jumpstart Package!" This package provides you with the tools necessary to get your company's SMS off the ground. Upon completion of the "jumpstart," the company will be better able to understand the processes involved to successfully implement an SMS. Most companies will be self-sufficient upon completion of the jumpstart, however if additional assistance is required TACG is always available to provide additional help!

 

What do you get with our SMS Jumpstart Package?

(Note: this package can be revised/modified on customer request)

 

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Nine (9) full days of SMS training and consulting. Including:

    * High-level training on SMS and safety culture specifically for top-management

    * Basic Gap Analysis

    * Walk-around assessment (including interviews, documentation, procedures, and real-time observations)  

    * SMS Expanded Implementation 5-day course for the safety team

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Comprehensive report upon conclusion of training/consulting engagement

 

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Flat-Fee SMS Implementation

 

 

     TACG provides full-service, flat-fee, term-based SMS assistance (or...simply put...we do most of the work for you for one set price!). We work directly with your company utilizing mixed modalities for convenience and efficiency. These modalities include face-to-face consulting and training at your location and Internet video conferencing (which can be as simple as Skype). We can be the other employee you wish you had!

 

     With our flat-fee SMS Implementation program you can rest assured that you will have an in-depth understanding of SMS rather than just a "fill in the box" approach. This includes assistance with getting management onboard (buy-in) rather than just "lip service." Our shared goal is to build a strong safety culture; something that needs to start at the very highest levels of your organization and filter all the way down to the line employees!

 

What do you get with our flat-fee SMS implementation option?

 

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One year (12 full months) of TACG assistance to implement your organization's SMS

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Onsite (face-to-face) and Internet video assistance/support during all phases of your SMS implementation

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Your own personal safety advisor that will answer your questions within hours...not days or weeks

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Our SMS Expanded Implementation Course

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Assistance developing your SMS manual

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Safety culture assessments (pre-post measures)

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Gap analyses (pre-post measures) 

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A customized, phased, structured, logical, and "realistic" implementation plan

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Software training for clients that purchase SMS Pro software

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A 50% discount on our Human Factors, CRM, LOSA, Fatigue Countermeasures, and Train-The-Trainer courses

 

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"A La Carte" Services 

 

SMS Manuals

     Don't like "manual labor?" TACG can help! We can create a custom SMS manual specific to your operation (not just a fill-in-the-blank template). We can also provide ongoing revisions/updates to your SMS manual.   

 

Gap Analysis

     One of the most important aspects of your SMS implementation is the Gap Analysis. The Gap Analysis is an audit-type checklist that allows the organization to determine which SMS elements are implemented and which elements are not (or not fully) implemented. We can provide objective, unbiased Gap Analyses at your location.

 

SMS Audits

     External SMS audits allow the organization to have an objective, unbiased assessment of the current state of their SMS. We can come to your location and conduct a thorough SMS audit to give you additional piece of mind regarding the status of your SMS!

 

SMS Implementation Plan

     Your implementation plan is your SMS "game plan." Along with the Gap Analysis these two components will form the foundation of your SMS for now, and for the future. Thus, it is important to have a robust (and realistic) SMS implementation plan! We can help you to avoid frustration by mapping out your SMS in a very detailed, realistic, and efficient manner! 

 

Hazard Identification and Risk Analysis (HIRA)

     We can provide an objective set of eyes to assist you with hazard identification and risk analysis. Our experience has repeatedly shown that it can be difficult for employees within an organization to see some of the latent and abstract hazards due to the fact that they are so "close to the action!" We can help you "dig deeper" to identify hazards and analyze their  associated risks!

 

Safety Culture Assessments

     We provide safety culture assessments for organizations wishing to understand the current status of their safety culture. With the use of our proprietary Safety Culture Assessment Tool (SCAT), we can unobtrusively drill-down into your organizational culture to discover areas that could use improvement as well as your safety strong points! Click here for more information. 

 

Safety Culture Seminar

     This seminar is jam-packed with everything you need to know about safety culture and how it affects aviation organizations. At one full day in duration, this seminar can be conducted on a stand-alone basis or in conjunction with our other courses and/or consulting services! 

 

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Courses are offered on request at customer locations worldwide

and at our beautiful locations in Myrtle Beach, SC and Fort Lauderdale, FL!

 

SMS Expanded Implementation

5 days

 

The most comprehensive Safety Management course you can get for your money!

 

 

COURSE NAME: Safety Management Systems Expanded Implementation

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is a total immersion course that will allow the attendee to fully understand Safety Management principles as well as how to implement a functional Safety Management System at his/her own organization. Our SMS Expanded Implementation course is developed in accordance with ICAO's Document 9859 (Safety Management Manual rev. 3) and easily meets and exceeds the recommended training requirements set forth by ICAO as well as CAA's and Regulators worldwide.

 

     This comprehensive course begins with an in-depth presentation on the fundamentals of safety and safety management then progresses into the heart of Safety Management System development, implementation, and ongoing operation. Additionally, attendees will receive extensive training on how to conduct a GAP analysis and develop their own customized SMS manual (template included in course). Attendees will also receive an SMS software demonstration with the option to purchase software through our world-class SMS software partner SMS Pro.

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? This total submersion course is geared towards those people responsible for the implementation of their organization's SMS

 

COURSE DURATION: 40.0 hrs. (5 days)

 

TIME: 8:00am-5:00pm daily (includes a one hour break for lunch)

 

WHAT TO BRING: Laptop computer with Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Adobe Acrobat programs

 

WHAT TO WEAR: Business casual

 

INCLUDED IN COURSE:

 Coursebook

 CD with all slides and videos shown in course

 SMS Manual Template (to help create your own manual. Most of the work has been done for you)

 Handouts

 SMS electronic library provided on CD

 Certificate of Training

 

COURSE TOPICS:

 The Foundation of Safety (with an emphasis on safety culture)

 Introduction to Safety Management

 Hazards

 Safety Risks

 ICAO Safety Management SARPS

 Introduction to Safety Management Systems

 SMS Planning

 SMS Operation

 Phased Approach to SMS Implementation

 Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMS)

 Human Factors in Safety Systems

 GAP Analysis Worksheet Review and Guidance for Your Company

 Making the SMS Manual Yours (template included in course)

 SMS Software Demonstration/Methods for Data Analysis

 Numerous Case Studies and Exercises/Activities

 

To request a quote please click here

 

 

SMS Basic

2 days

 

COURSE NAME: Safety Management Systems Basic

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? This basic course is suitable for managers, line personnel, or literally anyone with an interest in learning more about SMS. With much more depth than our overview course (scroll down), but not with the additional time required for our Expanded Implementation course (scroll up), this basic course strikes the happy medium for many of our clients!

 

COURSE DURATION: 16.0 hrs. (2 days)

 

TIME: 8:00am-5:00pm daily (includes a one hour break for lunch)

 

WHAT TO BRING: N/A

 

WHAT TO WEAR: Business casual

 

INCLUDED IN COURSE:

 Coursebook

 Handouts

 Certificate of Training

 

COURSE TOPICS:

 Introduction to Safety Management Systems

 Policy

 Human Error Management in System Safety

 Safety Risk Management

 Breakout Topic: Fatigue

 Breakout Topic: Shift Turnovers

 Safety Assurance and Internal Evaluation

 Breakout Topic: Error Reporting and Error/Event Investigation

 Safety Promotion

 Human Factors in Safety Management Systems

 Various Case Studies/Exercises 

 

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SMS Overview

1 day

 

COURSE NAME: Safety Management Systems Overview

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? This course is an excellent starting point for those people that are not that familiar with SMS or are currently in the "investigative stage" for SMS implementation within their own company. This course is also ideal for any person interested in gaining knowledge of SMS concepts, principles, and philosophies.

 

COURSE DURATION: 8.0 hrs. (1 day)

 

TIME: 8:00am-5:00pm (includes a one hour break for lunch)

 

WHAT TO BRING: N/A

 

WHAT TO WEAR: Business casual

 

INCLUDED IN COURSE:

 Slide Handouts

 

COURSE TOPICS:

 SMS Fundamentals

 Introduction to SMS

 Policy

 Safety Risk Management

 Safety Assurance

 Safety Promotion

 SMS Implementation Plan

 GAP Analysis

 SMS Manual

 Safety Culture

 Reporting Systems

 

To request a quote please click here

 

 

SMS "Need-To-Know" for High-Level Management 

1/2 day

 

COURSE NAME: Safety Management Systems "Need-To-Know" for High-Level Management 

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? CEO, President, Accountable Executive, COO, CFO, and other high-level management

 

COURSE DURATION: 4.0 hrs. (1/2 day)

 

TIME: Flexible (morning or afternoon session)

 

WHAT TO BRING: N/A

 

WHAT TO WEAR: Business casual

 

INCLUDED IN COURSE:

 Slide Handouts

 

COURSE TOPICS:

 Organizational Culture

 Safety Culture

 Introduction to SMS

 "Profit" from Your SMS

 SMS Four Pillars of Safety (with an emphasis on Policy)

 High-Level SMS Responsibilities

 "Talk The Talk and Walk the Walk"

 

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