EHEST Safety Management

Updated October 2016  EHEST publishes the “MISSION REQUEST VADE MECUM” Toolkit

The Mission Request Vade Mecum has been developed to help emergency front-line personnel to safely deal with helicopters. Policemen, firefighters, ambulances, and all the personnel who may be involved in requesting and handling a helicopter mission will benefit from the tool. A comprehensive document explains what are the data to be passed to the helicopter pilot and describes how to set up the landing area. Together with the emergency dispatch centre they can go through the R.O.M.A. checklist in order to quickly check all the required information and the safety provisions. Finally, a ready-to-use Mission Request presentation can be tailored by the training organisation in order to spread the operational and safety knowledge to the front-line personnel.

Click here to download the Mission Request Vade Mecum.

French: EHEST Mission Request Vade Mecum FR

Updated August 2016  EHEST publishes MARIA Risk Assessment Toolkit

EHEST MARIA Risk Assessment Toolkit contains a methodology and a database system that support safety studies and keep track of hazards and other risk assessment elements. Safety studies are organised around causes,  hazardous events (or hazards), consequences and safety barriers. Elements are linked together to describe cause-effect relations and orient action. MARIA functionalities include producing reports and exporting data to external databases and safety documents.

EHEST MARIA Risk Assessment Toolkit v.2 – 2016

EHEST Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Toolkit 2015

Updated October 2014 - EHEST publishes Safety Management Toolkit for non-Complex Operators 2nd Edition, 2014

The European Helicopter Safety Team (EHEST) released the 2nd Edition of the Safety Management Toolkit for non-Complex Operators consisting  of a Safety Management Manual (SMM), a Guidance Document and an Emergency Response Plan.

This Toolkit has been created by the Specialist Team Operations & SMS of EHEST. The SMM Version 1 for Non-Complex operators has been developed with consideration of Annex III of the EU regulation on Air Operations, Part ORO Subpart GEN Section II ‘Management System’ and the relevant AMCs and GM published in October 2012. It will be particularly useful for Non-Complex operators with limited experience of running a Safety Management System (SMS).

This non-complex SMM is a sample manual designed to assist an operator in creating their own manual. It contains explanatory notes and instructions marked in italic. The SMM must be adapted to appropriately reflect the operator’s organisation and needs and should not be applied ‘as is’.

The non-complex manual is derived from the more comprehensive SMM for complex operators. Although reduced in complexity this non-complex SMM is fully compliant to EU and EASA requirements. The EHEST is the European component of the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) and the helicopter branch of the European Strategic Safety Initiative (ESSI).

Click here to download the updated version of the Safety Management Toolkit for non-Complex Operators.

Training Leaflet HE5 - Risk Management in Training. Training organisations may benefit from another EHEST publication: the EHEST Leaflet (HE5) Risk Management in Training. This document was developed with major stakeholders and provides tools and methods for risk management in training. Training for autorotation is used as a practical example to illustrate the process. That process is compatible with the approach presented in the EHEST SMS Toolkits

 

Updated May 2013 -The EHEST Safety Management Toolkit for Complex Operators has been created by the Specialist Team Operations and Safety Management System (EHSIT ST Ops and SMS) of EHEST, the European Branch of IHST. It has been developed with consideration given to Annex III of the EU regulation on Air Operations, Part ORO Subpart GEN Section II ‘Management System’ and the relevant AMCs and GM published in October 2012, and is therefore specially adapted to European operators.

The Toolkit is available for Complex Operators. Version 1 published on August 2012 was based on an advanced Draft version of the rules, AMC and GM. Version 2 was aligned to the regulatory material published in October 2012. The changes are not essential, but were necessary to align the manual to the published material. In the end, it remains the responsibility of the operator to ensure that they update their Safety Management Manual (SMM) to comply with the applicable regulations.

This Safety Management Toolkit targets Complex Operators as set out in AMC1 ORO.GEN.200(b) Management System, and will be mostly beneficial for those operators with little experience of running an SMS.

The Toolkit contains the following components:

EHEST Safety Management Manual for Complex Operators – 2nd Edition, 2013

The EHEST Safety Management Manual (SMM) for Complex Operators V2 has been developed with consideration given to the Annex III of the EU regulation on Air Operations, Part ORO Subpart GEN Section II ‘Management System’ and the relevant AMCs and GM, published in October 2012.

This SMM has been created by a team of professionals whose experience covers a variety of different backgrounds including EASA, National Aviation Authorities, manufacturers, operators, helicopter associations, operator and pilot associations, etc.

This SMM is a sample manual designed to assist an operator in creating their own manual. It must be adapted to appropriately reflect the operator’s organisation, needs, nature of operations and procedures, and should not be applied ‘just as it is’.

Note that having a compliant SMM does not mean that they have an SMS in place. The SMM is solely a reference document that describes and documents the SMS. The SMS must then be created through an adequate implementation plan that requires commitment from the management and the personnel within the Company.

EHEST SMS Safety Management Manual V2

The EHEST Emergency Response Plan (ERP)

Having an ERP is required under ORO.GEN.200 for both Complex and Non-Complex operators. The EHEST ERP is designed to help the organisation to respond in the case of accidents, serious incidents or any other abnormal event triggering a crisis. The ERP describes the policies and procedures to be implemented in case of a crisis, and offers advice to the members of the crisis management team in carrying out their roles and in managing internal and external communication.

The ERP must be adapted to appropriately reflect the operator’s organisation, needs, operations and procedures and should not be applied ‘just at it is’.

EHEST SMS Emergency Response Plan V2

The EHEST Safety Management Database User Guide

The EHEST Safety Management Toolkit provides example registers of some of the typical helicopter hazards and risks developed by the Safety Department of Eurocopter for Commercial Air Transport (CAT) operations. These registers of hazards and risks are a unique feature made available by the EHEST to the helicopter community for safety management purposes. It must however be taken into account that risks will differ depending on the operator, nature of operations and any existing barriers in place. So, the registers provided by the EHEST are just examples that need to be tailored by the operator.

The EHEST SMS approach considers the creation of at least the following three types of safety database:

 1.  A database listing the hazards to which an organisation is exposed.
2.  A database of undesirable events and corresponding hazards.
3.  A database of all other events/activities which may include exposure to risk.

Examples are provided for each of these three types of database as follows:

EHEST SMS Safety Database User Guide

The User Guide also describes the relation between these database and how these database are to be used and updated for safety management purposes. 

Download the EHEST SMS Toolkit v2.

 Other publications and links:

SMS Video - Italian Language Helicopter Association International Video on Safety Management Systems (SMS)

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