Air­port staff embrace safety week

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

STAFF and man­age­ment at the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port are cel­e­brat­ing a suc­cess­ful Air­port Safety Week, con­ducted from Septem­ber 29-Oc­to­ber 3.

The week, which was an Aus­tralasian Air­port ini­tia­tive aimed at pro­mot­ing safety, in­cluded a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties fo­cused on main­tain­ing a safe en­vi­ron­ment for all air­port users.

Coun­cil em­ploy­ees, se­cu­rity staff, ground crew, air­line part­ners and even the air­port’s cafe op­er­a­tors, were all in­volved in var­i­ous parts of the ini­tia­tive.

On Wed­nes­day, par­tic­i­pants un­der­took a For­eign Ob­ject De­bris ( FOD) walk, which in­volved all staff head­ing air­side and walk­ing a sec­tion of the apron to scan for FOD and raise aware­ness of air­port safety.

Whit­sun­day Mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney said the walk fo­cused on the man­age­ment of rub­bish and other alien ob­jects that could cause a haz­ard to safe air­craft opera- tions. Fri­day was High Vis­i­bil­ity Day, when all staff donned Per­sonal Pro­tec­tive Equip­ment (PPE) while go­ing about their nor­mal roles that day.

Cr Whit­ney said over­all the week was a suc­cess and “went very well” for all the em­ploy­ees in­volved.

“The For­eign Ob­ject De­bris (FOD) Walk and High Vis­i­bil- ity Day, with all staff wear­ing Per­sonal Pro­tec­tive Equip­ment (PPE) were good op­por­tu­ni­ties for staff to step out­side their com­fort zones and see how other ar­eas of the air- port op­er­ate,” she said.

“There was great en­thu­si­asm and par­tic­i­pa­tion from all [in­volved], with the whole Air­port Safety Week be­ing a very pro­duc­tive ex­er­cise.”

HIGHLY VIS­I­BLE: Brook­lyn Clarke, Alice Homburg, Demi Nicoll, Kirsten Ash­brooke, Bron­wyn Taha, Amanda Yuskan, Ju­dith Hignett, Amanda Hansen and Daniel Carr (back) and Brodie Grif­fith, Luke Henry, Dean Car­ring­ton, Jade Bradshaw, Shaune Brien, Craig Mar­shall and Matthew Grice (front), took part in Air­port Safety Week at the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port in Proser­pine.

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