CAA rolls out ground handling safety campaign
Posted: 18 October 2013 | UK Civil Aviation Authority | No comments yet
The campaign will specifically target a general culture of low reporting of safety related incidents amongst airside workers…
A drive to increase the safety standards of airport ground handling operations has been launched by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The campaign will specifically target a general culture of low reporting of safety related incidents amongst airside workers. The CAA is therefore promoting a ‘just culture’ that is fair and encourages staff to openly report incidents. Everyone is supported in the reporting of incidents, however, deliberate harm and wilful damaging behaviour is not tolerated.
The CAA said it was vital that ground handling crew, engineers, baggage handlers, dispatchers and drivers understand that the objective of the reporting of safety events is to prevent further accidents and incidents through the improved collection and sharing of safety information, and not to attribute blame or liability.
The CAA will be launching the initiative at the dedicated safety ‘open days’ for airside staff hosted by most of the UK’s main airports, airlines and ground service providers. The campaign was initially launched at London City airport in the summer, with follow-up events at London Heathrow, Glasgow and Edinburgh in September. Further open days are planned at other large airports, starting with Manchester on 21 November.
The CAA attend these events to encourage all airside workers and management teams to engage informally with its safety experts and learn more about the concept of just culture and the importance of open reporting as well as open-minded investigation of incidents. The CAA said it wanted to see every member of staff, from the boardroom to the ‘ramp’ buy-in to a culture of full disclosure. Open reporting and investigation ultimately helps all parties involved in the aircraft turn-around process appreciate and understand where potential risks lie and deal with them before incidents occur.