New Safety Course to Cut Airside Accidents

A new scheme launched on April 2 by training company Astutis, and accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), aims to reduce the number of injuries suffered by airport operational staff.
The IOSH ‘Managing Safety in Aviation’ course is for supervisors and managers in the aviation sector, and has been organised in response to statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that state from 2010 to 2011 within the industry, there were 78 major injuries and 815 incidents that required an employee to be absent from work for three days or more.
Steve Terry, MD of Astutis, commented:  “This is the first accredited course for managers within the aviation industry.  I hope it will raise awareness, reduce ‘unnecessary’ accidents and generally raise health and safety standards, making them consistent across the board.”
During development of the course, Astutis worked closely with IOSH’s Aviation and Aerospace Group (which last year produced the Airside Health and Safety Induction DVD), aviation safety specialists and other industry bodies.
The course covers topics such as ramp safety, aircraft turnaround and airside safety management.  It uses interactive games and video footage to teach a common sense approach to health and safety management.
Courses are already running at London Heathrow, Warrington, Leeds and Birmingham, and Astutis will provide in-house training to meet demand.

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