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Safety & Wildlife

Safety Management System (SMS)

SMS provides a management system for integrating safety activities into normal day-to-day business practices. It is a formal, top down, systematic approach to identify hazards and control risks.

SMS includes four components – Safety Policy, Safety Risk Management, Safety Assurance, and Safety Promotion. SMS helps enhance safety by facilitating the development of an organization-wide safety policy and implementing methods to proactively identify and mitigate hazards.

  • One of the key features of an effective SMS is to hold each person, regardless of his or her position, responsible for safety performance.
  • In the San Antonio Airport System (SAAS), the Aviation Director is the highest ranking official, and therefore is the Accountable Executive.
  • The Aviation Director ultimately assumes full responsibility for the SAAS SMS; however he can delegate the day-to-day operational responsibilities of the SMS to the Assistant Aviation Director.


Safety Policy identifies SAAS’s commitment to aviation safety.

  1. The San Antonio Aviation Department commits to its employees and airport users to provide a safe environment, while supporting a safety program intended to reduce incidents to the lowest possible level.
  2. The Aviation Department is committed to providing and maintaining an environment conducive to the safety and health of its employees, users and the public.
  3. The Aviation Department has primary responsibility for establishing a Safety management System; however, safety is a shared responsibility of all employees in the workplace.
  4. It is everyone’s responsibility to support and actively participate in the Safety Management System and incident prevention programs.


Safety Objectives identify SAAS’s commitment to aviation safety.

  • To motivate safe actions through the establishment of a “Just Cause”.
  • To recognize and report unsafe practices.
  • To train all employees about the SMS Plan and procedures.
  • To share with tenants the SMS Plan and work cooperatively with their SMS Plans.
  • To ensure that safe work practices will take precedence over expediency.
  • To prevent and protect the health and safety of employees, airport users, and the public by reducing losses arising from accidents.
  • To monitor and communicate the effectiveness of the SMS Plan to employees, tenants, and the public.

Airport Safety Division Organization

Airport Safety Division Organization

Airport Safety Division Contact Information

Raymond Parrish, Intermin Airport Safety Manager

Lydiette Torres, Administrative Assistant

Robert Stone, Safety Analyst

Marcus Machemehl, Wildlife Biologist

Safety Hotline, 24 hours a day 

Safety Division Email

Safety Fax