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Airport Safety Week back for 2015

written by australianaviation.com.au | July 24, 2015
Airport Safety Week 2015 logo.
Airport Safety Week 2015 logo.

Airport Safety Week is returning for a second year in 2015.

The first ever Airport Safety Week took place in 2014, with 74 airports in Australia and New Zealand participating a week-long series of events to promote a safe working environment for airport staff.

This year’s Airport Safety Week will take place from October 26-30 2015 and focus on airside safety, fatigue, runway safety, drug and alcohol management and noise.

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Events that took place in 2014 and are also planned for this year’s event include a foreign object debris (FOD) walk, where all airport staff and contractors, even those whose jobs do not require them to be airside, would be able to walk a section of the aerodrome to look for items such as small pieces of metal, luggage tags or other debris that could interfere with a flight taking off or landing.

And airport workers will also be encouraged to wear personal protective equipment, such as high-vis vests or ear muffs, to work on one day of Airport Safety Week.

The event is a collaboration between the Australian Airports Association (AAA), New Zealand Airports Association and supported by a number of industry partners.

“Airport Safety Week is an opportunity to engage all airport staff and contractors on safety, whether they are working on the airfield, in the terminal building, or landside,” AAA chief executive Caroline Wilkie said in a statement.

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“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.”

NZ Airports chief executive Kevin Ward noted the return of the Airport Safety Awards, which this year will focus on innovation in airport safety and recognise efforts to support a positive safety environment.

More information can be found on the Airport Safety Week website.

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