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ICAO Safety Management Manual Doc 9859
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The ICAO Safety Management Manual, Second Edition - 2009 (Doc 9859-AN/474) is intended to serve as a source of information and guidance on safety management. The manual is a consolidation of the Accident Prevention Manual (Doc 9422), a draft manual on Safety Management for Air Traffic Services, and a draft manual on Safety Management for Aerodrome Operators. It includes an initial section that discusses generic safety management concepts, applicable across aviation activities, followed by sections aimed at specific activities (operators, maintenance organizations, air traffic service providers and aerodrome operators).
This manual is intended to provide States with guidance to develop the regulatory framework and the supporting guidance material for the implementation of safety management systems (SMS) by service providers. It also provides guidance for the development of a State safety programme (SSP), in accordance with the International Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) contained in Annex 1 — Personnel Licensing, Annex 6 — Operation of Aircraft, Annex 8 — Airworthiness of Aircraft, Annex 11 — Air Traffic Services, Annex 13 — Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation and Annex 14 — Aerodromes.
The objective of this manual is to provide States with:
- knowledge of safety management concepts, the ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) on safety management contained in Annexes 1, 6, 8, 11, 13 and 14, and related guidance material;
- guidance on how to accept and oversee the implementation of the key components of an SMS in compliance with the relevant ICAO SARPs; and
- guidance on how to develop and implement an SSP in compliance with the relevant ICAO SARPs.
The concept underlying the manual is that of a continuous loop. The manual initially presents basic safety concepts, as the foundation upon which to understand the need for both an SMS and an SSP. The manual then discusses how these safety concepts are embodied in the ICAO SARPs contained in Annexes 1, 6, 8, 11, 13 and 14. The manual thereafter outlines a principled approach to the implementation of an SMS by service providers and the progressive implementation and maintenance of an SSP, with emphasis on the role civil aviation authorities play in supporting SMS implementation by service providers.
The manual also contains several appendices with practical examples and information directly linked to the implementation and maintenance of an SMS and an SSP. These appendices are included immediately following the chapter discussing the activity they support and should be considered as “must know”.
The manual also includes attachments containing useful information not directly linked to SMS or SSP implementation. These attachments are included at the end of the manual and should be considered as “nice to know”.
This second edition of the ICAO Safety Management Manual (SMM) (Doc 9859) supersedes the first edition, published in 2006, in its entirety. It also supersedes the ICAO Accident Prevention Manual (Doc 9422), which is obsolete.
- To view the Safety Management Applicability Dates provided in ICAO SARPs, click here.
- For further information visit the ICAO Safety Management website