Airport Safety Week takes off

Media Release

DC149/2016

17 October 2016

Today is the first day of Airport Safety Week, an industry-led initiative designed to promote safety for all employees working at Australian airports, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said.

“Now in its third year, the week offers airport operators and stakeholders an opportunity to engage with their employees on issues of airport safety, and to promote an ‘open conversation’ on how to continue building on safety initiatives,” Mr Chester said.

“Safe working environments are essential to the effective running of transport hubs, and Airport Safety Week gives us the impetus to specifically focus on all things safety.

“Participants can take part in a range of events and activities centred on themes such as human factors, airside works, airside driving, environmental considerations and fatigue.

“Daily Toolbox Talks will also be presented where airport staff can learn more about ensuring personal safety and how to provide a safe environment for those using airports.

“In 2014, 74 airports and five corporate partners took part in Airport Safety Week.

“Last year, this number grew to 21 corporate members, 90 Australian airports, 13 New Zealand Airports and five international airports from the Czech Republic, Jordan, Malaysia, the Maldives and Zimbabwe.

“I am hoping to once again see a rise in participation for 2016 which I hope will support a decline in safety related incidents at Australian airports.

“I commend the Australian Airports Association and the NZ Airports Association for their efforts providing a fantastic forum for users to share information and innovations in the airport safety arena,” Mr Chester said.

Airport Safety Week is on until 21 October. For more information on activities running as part of the initiative, visit http://airportsafetyweek.com/