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AAP Continuous improvement of the SMS

An organisation measures safety performance in multiple ways. If safety performance is lacking, change and improvement is required to meet expected standards.

The continuous improvement of the SMS is ongoing and unique to each organisation.  The initial entry control SMS manual may be generic, but over time the SMS, and the manual, change to reflect the unique nature and maturity of the organisation.

Each component and element of the SMS needs to be reviewed at least annually to confirm it is meeting core safety objectives, expected safety performance, and that hazards and risks are continuing to be managed.  In reviewing the results from safety performance monitoring and measurement, the SMS is changed and improved to ensure safety targets are being met.

Continuous improvement of the SMS is achieved by:

  • Assessing how the SMS is functioning
  • Identifying and analysing possible issues/challenges associated with the running of the SMS
  • Implementing changes aimed at improving the SMS
  • Monitoring and reviewing the effects of any changes.

Continuous improvement can also be achieved when the SMS is functioning well. Fine tuning measures that can further improve the SMS include:

  • Leaner procedures
  • Improved safety reviews, studies and audits
  • Improved reporting and analysis tools
  • Improved hazards identification and risk assessment processes
  • Improved awareness of risks in the organisation
  • Improved relations with subcontractors, suppliers and customers regarding safety
  • Improved communication processes, including feedback from personnel.

The Safety Action Group, as directed by the Safety Review Committee, reviews the SMS and will provide an annual report including effectiveness, maturity, results of audits, review of actions, issues, challenges and proposals for improvement.