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Safety Risk Management – Deciding on a Risk Matrix

Conduct research on the variations and efficacy of risk matrices used by airports with SMS in place, and other organizations and industries with mature risk management processes.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

The component that drives the operational use of safety management system (SMS) processes at an airport is the Safety Risk Management Risk (SRM) component. One of the SRM processes widely accepted is the use of a risk matrix to assist airport safety practitioners in the analysis of the levels of risk presented by safety hazards. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) offers airports a recommended matrix to apply within their SMS processes as part of the draft FAA airport SMS guidance. While the FAA matrix has evolved over time, it remains a usable tool. Many airports are familiar with this matrix as a result of FAA facilitated safety risk assessments. A number of early SMS adopting airports started with the FAA matrix but have revised it for their own use and to match their organizational needs. Other organizations and industries use a variety of risk matrices to aid in their own risk management efforts. As more airports move to implement SRM processes, guidance on the elements of a risk matrix, the variations that exist, and the reasons proactive organizations opt to adopt a certain type of risk matrix would benefit the airport industry.
This research should focus on how an airport decided on a matrix to use in their SMS efforts, the challenges and solutions for airports where multiple risk matrices are already in use (other stakeholders such as environment, airlines, ground service providers, etc.), how to manage risk assessment when another organization (such as the FAA) leads an assessment using a different matrix, and how to educate airport employees on matrix application.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

A synthesis of the variations and efficacy of risk matrices used by airports with SMS in place, and other organizations and industries with mature risk management processes.

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