Airports around Australia and New Zealand will be participating in a unique industry initiative to promote safety at airports during Airport Safety Week 2015.
Established last year in partnership between the Australian Airports Association (AAA) and the New Zealand Airports Association, the initiative provides a valuable opportunity for airport operators to engage with their employees over a range of key safety issues through a structured program of events and tailored communication activities.
Last year’s inaugural event saw 74 airports take part in activities such as FOD (foreign object debris) walks, presentations, refresher training, safety quizzes and safety awards.
Airport Safety Week 2015 will run from 26-30 October with safety themes to be covered include airside safety; fatigue; runway safety; drug and alcohol management; and noise.
‘Airport Safety Week encourages people who work in airport environments to think about their personal safety, as well as of those working around them, and passengers and visitors to the airport environment,’ said AAA CEO Caroline Willkie.
‘The campaign is supported by a dedicate website which provides participants with a number of tools and resources to stimulate and focus discussion on key safety issues,’ Ms Wilkie said.’
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has sponsored Airport Safety Week since it’s inception, with the Safety Promotion branch providing initial funding for the event.
Eleanor Dean, manager of CASA Safety Promotion is pleased with how Airport Safety Week has been received. ‘This is fantastic safety initiative that really provides value to airport workers and operators around the country,’ she says. ‘To have over 70 airports participating in the first year is a fantastic effort and I’m sure Airport Safety Week 2015 will build on that success.’
‘Airport Safety Week is a great example of why CASA has a sponsorship program, to help organisations like the AAA get safety initiatives like this one off the ground,’ she says.
You can find more information about Airport Safety Week 2015 on the Australian Airports Association website.
CASA’s Safety Promotion Branch is currently looking for new safety initiatives to sponsor, with the first round of applications for 2015-16 closing on 7 August 2015. More information can be found on CASA’s website.