Brisbane Airport Implements Ground Safety Initiatives

Through its efforts, the airport reduced FOD by 99 percent.

Safety Discussions
Brisbane Airport began an Airside Safety Committee in 2005. The committee has grown over the years, beginning with approximately 15 members and now has more than 100 members, according to Dunlop. The Airside Safety Committee meets quarterly to discuss various safety issues. “We invite the airlines and ground handlers to present issues from any incidents that they have had and allow others to learn from those incidents,” he says. “We encourage airlines and ground handlers to present those various safety initiatives. It’s very much ownership by everybody.”

And in one of its most recent developments, an Airside Driving Subcommittee has been formed to foster safer operator practices on the ramp. “It’s a place where we felt we could improve the culture,” Dunlop says.

The subcommittee is chaired by Pond and includes representatives from each of the airlines, ground handlers and catering companies, consisting of a 16-member team. “It’s generally the trainers involved in this, so they can take the practices back to their organizations,” Dunlop says.

The subcommittee has been looking at different methods of testing drivers and issuing licenses, looking at the best practices to be included in the Airside Drivers Safety Handbook, according to Pond.

“We see this as a way of continual improvement and education in making sure and endeavoring to improve it further to have that ownership and transparency to our stakeholders,” Pond says. “Then the working group will report to the Airside Safety Committee what we’ve established and what we’ve improved on.”

Program Accolades
The program, which implemented many of the initiatives within a six-month period, received the attention of the Australasian Aviation Ground Safety Council, and was awarded the council’s 2010 Ground Safety Award.

“This was a significant achievement,” Dunlop says. “The Airside Operations Team have and continue to put in a tremendous effort towards the aviation and ground safety initiatives, and are very proactive in coming forward with new ideas. The award really showed that everyone can contribute towards safety. This was a true representation of strong collaboration between the airport operator, airlines, ground handlers, catering companies and everyone that works airside at Brisbane Airport. The award belongs to all of those who contribute to make airside safety their business at Brisbane Airport.”

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