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Safety Management Systems

What is SMS?

SMS, or Safety Management Systems, is a formal method for managing safety with a focus on proactive risk mitigation. SMS builds on an organizations current safety program; is systematic, structured and data driven; requires senior leadership commitment; treats safety as a core value; and seeks to proactively mitigate hazards and their associated risks. In order for an SMS to be effective, it requires participation from employees at all levels within the organization.

The Fairbanks International Airport (FAI) is in the process of launching SMS to aid our efforts of delivering a safe and customer friendly experience to all who work and visit the airport.

SMS  HAS FOUR MAIN COMPONENTS 1 Safety Policy, which includes Leadership commitment 2 Safety Risk Management, which includes formal  processes to assess hazards and their associated risks based on likelihood and severity 3 Safety Promotion, which is aimed at creating a  positive safety culture 4 Safety Assurance, which includes the ability  to report perceived hazards anonymously

Safety Policy Statement

Fairbanks International Airport management believes that safety is a core value and is committed to the prevention of incidents and accidents that may negatively impact life or safety while protecting property and the environment.

FAI believes that, through proactive identification and mitigation of hazards, all accidents are preventable. We recognize that an effective Safety Management System (SMS) is crucial in achieving our goals and objectives and attaining the highest levels of safety performance.

Safety is everyone's responsibility and the active participation of all airport and tenant employees, regardless of job title, is crucial to the success of the SMS. As such, FAI is committed to:

  • Providing the safest possible work and travel environments.
  • Promoting a culture of safety across all airport operations and encouraging all staff, stakeholders and visitors to report all safety concerns, hazards and incidents.
  • Ensuring that no action will be taken against any airport staff, stakeholder or visitor who reports a safety concern unless such disclosure indicates, beyond any reasonable doubt, an illegal act, gross negligence or a deliberate or willful disregard of regulations, policies or procedures.
  • Providing the resources and training necessary to address safety issues and continuously improve safety performance.
  • Clearly defining for all staff, their accountabilities and responsibilities in achieving the highest level of safety performance and the performance of our SMS.
  • Complying with, at a minimum and wherever possible exceeding, legislative and regulatory requirements.
Angie Spear
Airport Director, SMS Accountable Executive
Fairbanks International Airport
John Osborn
Safety Officer/SMS Manager
Fairbanks International Airport
Safety Reporting Policy
Safety Reporting Portal



John Osborn, Safety Officer
Phone: 907-474-2582
Fairbanks International Airport
Attn: Safety Officer
6450 Airport Way, Suite 1
Fairbanks, AK 99709

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Fairbanks International Airport
6450 Airport Way
Fairbanks, Alaska 99709