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Standard for Maritime Safety Culture Best Practices and Assessment Tools
The maritime industry, like most
transportation industries, has come to adopt Safety Management Systems (SMS) as
the paradigm for effective safety, health and environmental management
programs. This includes international requirements stemming from the
International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) International Management Code for
the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention (the ISM Code) as well
as many national level requirements.
While there is emerging consensus on what elements constitute a robust
SMS, there is little guidance available on measuring and assessing the
effectiveness of an SMS.
The Committee on Marine Safety and Human Factors (AW040)
encourages research in two areas that will enhance the measurement of maritime
safety culture and effectiveness Safety Management Systems.
The first research
area is a compilation and documentation of the state of the art of SMS. This
will include the identification of essential elements of an SMS as a baseline,
as well as identification of SMS best practices.
The second area of research is needed in the area of SMS
effectiveness. Development of SMS performance measures (outputs and outcomes)
is required to assess not just whether an SMS exists, but whether it is
effectively implemented and producing the intended results.
This research can help enhance the safety of the marine Transportation system, by developing methods and protocols to evaluate SMS performance.
|Sponsoring Committee:||AW040, Marine Safety and Human Factors
|Research Period:||12 - 24 months|
|Index Terms:||Safety management, Maritime safety, Safety culture, Best practices, Evaluation and assessment, |
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