New Virtual Training Platform Certifies UAS Safety Managers

By Phoebe Grinter / 18 Aug 2021

Baldwin Safety & Compliance has introduced a new self-paced virtual training program for Safety Managers that covers key Safety Management System (SMS) topics and results in certification, with the option for an on-going recurrent component. 

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“Our goal was to not only provide the ‘what’ portion of the Safety Manager’s responsibilities but to also demonstrate the ‘how’ to implement an effective Safety Management system,” Jason Starke, Director of Standards at Baldwin Aviation – Safety & Compliance.

“We take a personal approach to the training through instructor presentations and interactions with assignments to make it as collaborative as possible.” 

The Safety Manager certification program includes 12 individual courses each comprised of multiple modules. Each course includes quizzes, a test, and training course outline, and after successful completion of all 12 courses, a certificate will be issued noting the number of hours of study completed. The recurrent course requires completion of four topics and is available to meet any recurrent frequency. 

Currently supporting a wide range of UAS / sUAS operations such as agriculture, oil & gas, transport, utilities, public services, OEMs, and delivery services, Baldwin has developed a comprehensive program that includes a suite of customizable forms, reports, operations manual, and safety management system manual. 

The Safety Manager program is in addition to the SMS Recurrent, Initial SMS Training for the Frontline, and Leading through IS-BAO courses. 

Baldwin also continues to grow its automated Internal Evaluation Program (IEP), introduced last year. Its 24-month cycle provides higher engagement than the recommended 3-year or less cycle and involves 10-15 curated question audits that are delivered for completion every month through a Baldwin portal. This allows users to evaluate their organization more frequently, using short, applicable audits to ensure required and recommended risk controls are in place. Questions have been designed to not only assess risk management, but also organizational excellence through Baldwin’s IEP. 

The emergency response ER ALERT feature was also recently added to the Baldwin portal and allows subscribers to easily alert and monitor teams of an accident, incident, or other event. It has live or drill functions that provide a central location to manage an event, including checklist execution, and report on the success and lessons learned of the response upon conclusion of the event. 

“We continue to add features to our programs to expand safety and quality in flight operations. Both the IEP and ER ALERT enhancements have been well received and we continue to see increases in participation by our customers,” concluded Starke. 

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