SMS | Aeropuerto Luis Muñoz Marin Puerto Rico - Sitio Oficial
 

What is SMS?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) defines a Safety Management System (SMS) as a formalized approach to managing safety by developing an organization-wide safety policy; formal methods of identifying hazards and analyzing and mitigating risk; methods for ensuring continuous safety improvement; and organization-wide strategies to promote safety. San Juan International Airport (SJU) defines a safety management system as a data-driven, business-oriented approach to managing safety, including the necessary organizational structures, accountabilities, policies and procedures. SMS incorporates company-wide accident-reduction and risk-prevention regulations based on our experience combined with thorough and comprehensive research into the causes of safety-related incidents. In addition to this, recommendations for future actions are drawn up in order to prevent accidents and safety-critical situations through the systematic identification of possible sources of danger and the evaluation of procedures and risks.

The Airport’s SMS will:

• Identify safety hazards

• Ensure that actions are taken to mitigate risks and hazards

• Provide for continuous monitoring and regular assessment of the safety level Benefits of an SMS?

• Reduces the direct and indirect cost of accidents

• Improves employee productivity

• Establishes a marketable safety record

• Prioritizes safety needs

• Ensures compliance with legal responsibilities for safety

• Provides efficient maintenance scheduling and resource utilization

• Promotes ongoing improvement of operational processes

SMS in SJU

1.    What is SMS?

SMS stands for “Safety Management Systems”.

At San Juan International Airport, SMS covers the systematic integration and networking of safety measures for the everyday operation of air traffic at SJU, taking account of human, technical and organizational factors. SMS is concerned exclusively with the safety of flight operations. 

SMS incorporates company-wide accident-reduction and risk-prevention regulations based on our experience combined with thorough and comprehensive research into the causes of safety-related incidents. In addition to this, recommendations for future actions are drawn up in order to prevent accidents and safety-critical situations through the systematic identification of possible sources of danger and the evaluation of procedures and risks. 

2.    How do I report a safety issue?

All employees at San Juan International Airport – both SJU employees and employees of external companies, can make reports or comments concerning safety to SMS directly at any time.

Contact:

Juan F. Martínez 
Safety Management Systems Coordinator [SMS]

Telephone: 787-253-0979 or 787-253-2500 

Email: [email protected]

All reports received will of course be treated confidentially and will in no way be detrimental to the employees. 

3.    What would be examples of safety-relevant incidents?

The events listed below are typical examples of accidents, recognized safety deficits or potential risks which could interfere with operational safety. The list is by no means complete and is intended only as an illustration of SMS relevant events.

–    FOD 
–    Runway incursions 
–    Damage to aircraft 
–    An aircraft fire
–    Emergency landing 
–     Bird strike
–    Interference with aircraft taxing 
–    Taxiing errors 
–    Conditions which create conflict with traffic [parking vehicles on protected areas]
–    Oil leaks

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