Safety Management System

Definition and goals

With the large number of flight movements at Munich Airport, safety plays an important role for the efficient and safe handling of flight operations for passengers, crews and ground handling staff. To ensure a continuous high level of safety, Munich Airport GmbH has implemented an enterprise-wide Safety Management System (SMS).

The Safety Management System continuously verifies that the airport is being operated under specified safety conditions and initiates actions when deviations are identified. Potential risks are also being assessed on a continuous, systematic and cross-company basis and are held with appropriate performance indicators at an acceptable and controllable level of safety.

According to this definition, the main objective of the Safety Management System is to prevent potential accidents by:

  • Hazard identification,
  • Risk assessments,
  • Measures to mitigate risks

Components of the Safety Management System

The Safety Management System at Munich Airport consists of the four components safety principles, risk management, safety monitoring and safety promotion:

  • Safety policy & objectives
    - Safety philosophy and principles
    - Just-culture
    - Accountabilities
    - SMS documentation

  • Safety Risk Management
    - Incidents and reporting
    - Reactive, proactive and predictive identification of risks
    - Risk assessment
    - Planning and implementation of actions

  • Safety Assurance
    - Safety Performance Indicators
    - Safety audits
    - Continuous improvement and development of the SMS

  • Safety Promotion/ Communication
    - Training of staff
    - Safety Awareness campaigns (posters, videos, ...)
    - Promotion of company-wide safety communication
    - Safety committees 
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