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COVID focus for Airport Safety Week

written by Adam Thorn | October 19, 2020
Australia's domestic carriers at Sydney Airport. (Seth Jaworski)
Australian domestic carriers at Sydney Airport. (Seth Jaworski)

The 2020 Airport Safety Week campaign started on Monday with participation from more than 100 airports and aerodromes across Australia and New Zealand.

This year’s event will have a special focus on tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and feature webinars, training sessions, evacuation drills, presentations and emergency night-time exercises.

It will also include the ‘foreign object debris walk’ (FODWALK), where staff walk along the runway tarmac to look for objects that could harm aircraft such as rocks, animals, rubber and metal.

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The campaign, a collaboration between the Australian and NZ airport associations, first launched in 2014 at 70 airports.

Australian Airports Association chief executive James Goodwin said, “It’s been the worst year on record for Australia’s airports and during this unprecedented time, the health and safety of staff and passengers is more important than ever.

“Airport Safety Week is an opportunity to show the travelling public how we ensure high safety standards right across the airport sector. It’s also a chance to engage with staff and bring people together, which has been particularly difficult in the past few months.

“We all have a responsibility to look out for our colleagues, their safety and importantly their wellbeing during this difficult time for our industry. These activities help employees learn more about critical safety operations beyond their everyday work.”

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This year’s daily themes are:

Monday
Maintaining airport safety through the COVID-19 pandemic

Tuesday
Human factors in airport safety

Wednesday
FODWALK

Thursday
Safety Management Systems

Friday
Wellness during COVID-19

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