OCASSP April Technical Meeting

Mar 19, 2019

  • April Technical Meeting
    April 17, 2019
    7:00 am - 9:00 am

Safety Management System (SMS) Overview

When: April 17, 2019 l 7:00am to 9:00am

Where: American Red Cross – 601 N Golden Cir Dr, Santa Ana, CA 92705

Speaker: Aileen Yankowski – MPH, CIH

In this presentation and discussion you will learn about key SMS Program requirements and how to bring them into your Company’s safety culture. A SMS program is required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for aircraft service providers. SMS provides a framework and formal process to assist companies with establishing a culture of trust, performing effective accident investigations as well as improving safety performance. However, the major challenge is to ensure you have an effective program that engages all levels of employees and management. With Aileen’s experience with major aerospace companies where she has developed and implemented SMS programs, she will be sharing her approach and how to apply this process to any company. She will present ideas on how to start the process at your company and discuss tools you can use to ensure engagement. Changing a culture of an existing company is one of the most difficult challenges we face as Safety leaders, however, once achieved the rewards will be worth it.

Some key take always will include:

  1. Determine your current site culture
  2. Develop an approach to determine your future program
  3. Methods and tools you can use for your program
  4. Metrics to determine success and communicate with your management team
  5. Specific discussions on conducting accident investigations and root cause analysis to effect change.


About the Presenter

Aileen Yankowski – MPH, CIH owner of two consulting firms – Safety Management Systems (SMS) Solutions and The Brand of U. SMS Solutions provides technical consulting services to global aerospace companies, law enforcement and the military to engage and change their cultures around safety management ownership. Her other passion is her newest company – The Brand of U, where she assists people with mapping out their personal brand as well as providing career and life coaching.

She is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) where she is a founding member and now Chair of the newly formed Women in IH (WIH) Committee with the focus of supporting women during their Leadership journeys. She was most recently the Chair for the Career & Employment Services committee and a liaison to the Mentoring Committee. She is a member of ASSP and a member of the newly established Long Beach CA chapter of Women in Safety Excellence (WISE). Aileen is also a guest speaker on various leadership and technical topics to universities, California Highway Patrol, US Coast Guard, US Navy, Nigerian airport authority, Royal Canadian Air Force, Norwegian Air Force, Air Canada, Gulfstream Aerospace, WISE and AIHA.

She has more than 20 years in the aerospace industry working for major corporations in EHS/SMS management and executive positions (Gulfstream Aerospace and The Boeing Company). Prior to that she worked in government (OSHA and State Consultation), private industry and consulting.

Aileen has a Bachelor’s degree in environmental and public health from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, a Master’s in public health with emphasis in Environmental and Occupational Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a Certified Industrial Hygienist.



600 N. Parkcenter Drive, Room PC 208, Santa Ana, California, 92705, United States