Safety management systems

What is it?

A safety management system is a systematic, explicit and proactive process for managing safety that integrates operations and technical systems with financial and human resource management to achieve safe operations with as low as reasonably practicable risk.

A safety management system (‘SMS’) is the ‘toolbox’ that contains the tools an organisation needs in order to safely and securely manage its operation. Modern SMS’s used by high reliability organisations are often incorporated into integrated management systems to include environment, quality and security, where appropriate, rather than as a standalone component system.

How can I use it in my operations?

ARPANSA’s expectation is that safety and security management and environmental protection is seamlessly integrated into every aspect of a licence holder’s activities. The detailed attributes and regulatory expectations are addressed in Regulatory Guideline on Review of plans and arrangements.