Ramp safety is a significant safety concern in the aviation industry. The airport's ramp area involves a vast number of activities and movements from aircraft, vehicles, equipment and people. The ramp accommodates personnel and contractors from different organizations such as airport operations and maintenance staff, airport police and fire, airport and airline engineers, planners, construction teams, regulatory and security personnel, as well as ground handlers, caterers, and fuelers - all performing different activities and tasks every day. As a result of this extreme level of aircraft activity, the complexity of work tasks, and the equipment used in servicing aircraft, ramp operations and workers can face a variety of safety concerns and hazards on ramps that, in most cases, are unregulated.
One of the most effective tools to managing airside operational changes is the Safety Assessment (SA). A Safety Assessment employs the typical five-step safety risk management approach; however, the SA allows for a more nimble and flexible approach resulting in tangible action lists focused on managing potential hazards. SA processes can be applied to construction projects, as well as operational and system changes. SAs engage key business and regulatory partners such as air traffic controllers, airlines, and ground handlers in the change process and result in improved collaboration and safety outcomes.
This One-day Airport Ramp Safety Workshop will focus on the use of Safety Assessments to improve airside safety and collaboration. The Workshop will cover three case studies in which the Safety Assessment was used to manage operational change and to engage airline and air traffic partners in identifying and managing potential hazards. Key Airport and Airline experts will share their expertise through project case studies and provide tangible and useful resources for attendees.