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APR 2014

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Page 12 of 35 | 13 ty into the same equation for SMS purposes. Worker safety, of course, is absolutely critical. But the Grey Owl chief asserts too many carriers and maintainers are trying to blend operations safety and OSH A-like safety concerns, thus becoming "quickly overwhelmed" by the task. So overwhelmed that four years ago, when all Canadian carriers were audited "not too many" passed. That, contends Komarniski is because a majority of them tried to lump employee safety in with SMS. They found themselves in over their heads because they had neither the resources nor controls in place to meld the two. As a result he says, "employees did not understand what SMS was." If neither the person who's supposed to be running the show nor the guy on the shop f loor get it, it's a safe bet a safety audit will ref lect confusion. Communication is critical Komarniski is quick to point out some companies do get it. They fashion SMS that mesh operational safety and employee safety in a way that makes sense. They communicate among opera- tional units so that everyone is on the same page, literally and figuratively. This is especially true when it comes to manuals. W hile FA A Part 121 SMS rules governing air carriers are (as of this writing) still in draft form and, and Part 145 regula- tions are still down the line, many U.S. airlines and major repair organizations alike are already immersed in preparation. PHOTOS COURTESY OF MIAMI AIR INTERNATIONAL AMT_12-15_AirlineMiami.indd 13 4/3/14 2:02 PM

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