Marine safety management systems

This video discusses marine safety management systems, which is one of the nine safety issues identified by the Transportation Safety Board as posing the greatest risk to Canadians. To find out more about these safety issues, see the Watchlist 2012.

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Marine safety management systems

Advancing safety is at the core of what we do at the Transportation Safety Board. Our Watchlist—updated in June 2012—is the result of hundreds of investigations and countless hours of accident analysis. It identifies the issues that pose the greatest risk to Canadians and our transportation system. Implementing marine safety management systems is one of those key issues.

A safety management system, or SMS, is a business tool that can help you manage safety risks.

Companies look for hazards, identify risks, and deal with them to improve safety.

It commits senior management to integrate safety at all levels of an organization—both onshore and onboard. Companies have been managing safety the same way for years, but it's not just about following the rules.

You have to be proactive. An SMS helps you overcome safety gaps to prevent accidents from happening. Canadians use small commercial ships every day, but many of them don't have effective ways to find and reduce risks.

The benefits of an SMS have been widely proven—for both small and large vessels.

An SMS helps you find patterns and learn from them. It can also be scaled to meet the needs of any company. It's not enough to just have an SMS. Companies have to fine-tune and adjust as new risks are uncovered.

There's no reason to wait for mandatory regulations to improve safety. Companies can get a head start now. Safety management shouldn't be left entirely up to companies. Transport Canada has to play an active role by certifying and auditing an SMS.

An effective SMS requires leadership, commitment and a sense of ownership at all levels of an organization. On a practical level, we need simple, workable tools. As a community, we need to work together to reduce risk and manage safety effectively