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Master Class in Advanced Safety Management

Have you already planned and implemented a Safety Management System (SMS)? Excellent! But have you also recognized that safety is more than simply documenting and executing SMS processes? Are you currently planning to develop an SMS? Do you know how to make it highly effective? More importantly: do you want to actually achieve what SMS is intended for? Then this master class in advanced safety management is for you.

The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences is pleased to present a master class based on state-of-the-art knowledge, research and practices in safety management. This highly interactive, mind-expanding and challenging event will introduce you to approaches, techniques and tools that will allow you to fully exploit the potential of your safety management system. It will help you improve safety levels, and complement compliance to standards with performance-based SMS monitoring.

The master class will include discussions about the meaning and role of safety management regardless of the industry domain, as well as the application of practical and insightful methods to a variety of cases. There will also be ample opportunity for reflection about your own practices. The safety management tools and techniques introduced during the course will also be complemented with tips to help you cope with potential difficulties in their implementation.

Our goal is to hold discussions based on a solid understanding of SMS and the challenges linked to its operation. Therefore, we ask you to come to the master class with the policies, practices and tools you use (or plan to introduce) in your organization with regard to safety management design, implementation and monitoring. The number of attendees has been limited to ensure a lively discussion and excellent group sessions.

Participants can choose to register for the entire master class or for any individual day(s). Seating priority will be given to participants who have registered for more days.

The following subjects will be addressed per day:

  • Monday 26th November: Safety management and performance from a systems perspective

    The day is devoted to systems thinking and the view of safety management from a systems perspective. We will gain an understanding of how safety management can fit each organization, and we will explore its synergies with other management areas. Safety (management) performance will be approached from two angles: the safety (management) processes implemented and the deliverables of these processes as well as operations. Suitable uniform metrics for safety management systems will be also presented and demonstrated.
  • Tuesday 27th November: Safety risk management: typical traps and suggested solutions

    During the 2nd day we will comprehend and reflect on the advantages and limitations of long-established risk management approaches and ways to increase the reliability and credibility of risk assessments. We will present and demonstrate new techniques that can help you to perform more systematic and objective risk management. These techniques will cover hazard identification, risk assessment, risk barrier introduction and risk monitoring.
  • Wednesday 28th November: Safety investigations: how to increase their depth, fairness and effectiveness

    On this day you will be introduced to the optimum synthesis of all phases of the investigation process: fact-finding, analysis and recommendations. We will discuss how you can enhance the quality of investigations and we will demonstrate tools that can support you to design and evaluate the extent to which your reports have the potential to make a positive impact and promote a just culture. The day will also include a framework to design safety recommendations as a means to increase their acceptability and effectiveness.
  • Thursday 29th November: Safety culture: prerequisites and assessment

    This particular day is dedicated to safety culture from a holistic perspective. We will present and understand the basic safety subcultures and levels of safety culture maturity. Instead of evaluating only the levels of safety culture, we will also discuss and demonstrate actionable items you can employ to foster a positive safety culture. The day will conclude with safety culture evaluations based on the alignment amongst the “ideal” conditions, organizational plans, the implementation of such plans and end-user perceptions.
  • Friday 30th Nov.: Safety leadership

    The last day of the master class introduces the ten steps to achieve Safety Leadership: identifying exemptions between work as it is executed and the procedures, finding out what to do about them, and how to involve the shop floor. We explain how to protect the organization from drifting into failure. How does this happen to apparently safe systems? What can we do to prevent it? We discuss what to do if even after implementing all these suggestions something goes wrong, and that accountability does not necessarily imply sanctions and punishment. Rather, accountability means being able to 'tell the account' so that others can learn too, and the system can improve.

This master class is aimed at managers, officers and professionals involved in safety management activities in all industry sectors. Students and academic staff are also welcome, and will benefit from the theoretical and practical components. Some work experience in safety management is preferable to enable fruitful participation in group discussions

Dr. Nektarios Karanikas 

He has been Associate Professor of Safety and Human Factors at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences since September 2014. He holds a doctorate in Safety and Quality Management (Middlesex University, UK) and an MSc in Human Factors and Safety Assessment (Cranfield University, UK). Nektarios has (co)authored several journal and conference papers in the areas of Safety and Human Factors, with a special focus on the performance and evaluation of Safety Management Systems.

The program runs for five full days from Monday to Friday between 9:00 to 17:00. The registration fees per number of participation days and per person are:

5 days €1990
4 days €1790
3 days €1490
2 days €1090
1 day   €590   

Aviation Academy Alumni, RAAK PRO partners, EAAP and NAG members can register for early-bird fee (equivalent with 10% discount) during the entirely registration period.

All coffee/tea breaks and lunches are included in the fee. Seating priority will be given to participants who have registered for more days.

The location is Hotel Casa in Amsterdam.

In case you wish to stay in Amsterdam we recommend you the following nearby hotels:
Hotel Casa
Fletcher Hotel
Hampshire Hotels
NH Hoteles
Hotel Residence Le Coin

With further questions please contact Ms. Gieta Inderdjiet at g.m.inderdjiet@hva.nl, +31 (0)20 595 1361.


Substitution: If, after booking an event you are unable to attend, you are welcome to nominate someone else to attend in your place at no additional cost. Please advise substitutions via email so a correct name tag will be available at the registration desk. Cancellation by a participant: We require 60 days cancellation notice prior to the scheduled event, otherwise we will charge you a cancellation fee as below. 10% of your total cost will be charged in case of cancellation by 60 to 30 days before the event. 25% of your total cost will be charged in case of cancellation by 30 to 14 days before the event. 100% of your total cost will be charged in case of cancellation within 14 days before the event or no show. Cancellation must be made in writing by the person who completed/signed the registration form and sent by email or letter. A cancellation is effective as soon as AUAS receives the e-mail of letter. Cancellation by the Aviation Academy: The Aviation Academy (AUAS) reserves the right to alter or cancel an event for any circumstances beyond AUAS reasonable control. In this case, AUAS liability is limited to the refund of the full participation fee. Unfortunately, AUAS can only run a specific course if a sufficient number of participants sign up. AUAS reserves the right to cancel a course if there are not enough registrations. Cancellations will be announced to the participants as quickly as possible after the deadline for enrolment and no later than 4 weeks before the scheduled course start. You will receive the final confirmation no later than 4 weeks before the course starts.

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Published by  Centre for Applied Research Technology 21 September 2018