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Safety and Security

BAC is committed to security and incident management practices that not only exceed compliance requirements but result in a safe, secure, efficient and quality travel experience at Brisbane Airport.

BAC continues to work closely with the Federal Government in the implementation of the National Aviation Policy outcomes and Strengthening Aviation Security initiatives, which respond to emerging international threats and challenges. Much of this work compliments the ongoing continuous improvement approach by BAC for the delivery of passenger screening, protection of critical infrastructure and - most importantly - the safety of the people who work, visit and patronise the airport.

A key to Brisbane Airport's success is the spirit of cooperation within the airport community of over 17,000 people, who work across the aviation industry, government agencies and airport businesses to ensure a secure and safe airport for almost 20 million passengers.

Aviation safety continues to be the priority for BAC's airfield operations, with the Safety Management System at its core. In fact, safety is a priority in all areas of the airport business and is fully integrated into every aspect of the enterprise.

Areas of particular focus are wildlife control to effectively manage the risk of bird/wildlife hazards both on airport and within a 13km radius of the airfield. Paying particular attention to sites close to the airfield and the approach and departure corridors, the control program includes habitat management to deter wildlife, identifying the attractive features of the airport habitat and implementing changes to either remove the attraction altogether, or to make it less attractive” for wildlife.

The process of continuous improvement includes all Airside Officers and Supervisors being trained in Aviation Ground Operations. It is a process of continually managing and assessing risks around safe operations, implementing policies to prohibit vehicles crossing runways and taxiways and undertaking programs to decrease the amount of Foreign Object Debris (FOD). The BAC Airside Operations Centre has recently been awarded the (AAGSC) Australasian Aviation Ground Safety Council - Annual Safety Award for the implementation of such safeguards, which have resulted in a decrease of 99 percent of FOD on runways and taxiways.

The strategy included increased runway inspections, limiting runway crossings and tighter controls on open top trailers and utility trays, which further enhanced the reduction of FOD on apron areas that can quite often be the cause of slips, trips and falls - one of the major contributors to injuries of staff working "on the ramp".

In addition to aviation and security risk management systems, BAC operates a comprehensive occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) that has recently been realigned to comply with AS 4801:2001. BAC is currently pursuing certification of the system under this Standard and has successfully passed a Stage 1 (preliminary) audit by an external party.

BAC is further revising the compliance framework to ensure the system continues to comply with additional "due diligence" requirements arising from the national OHS harmonisation process. These system improvements will be an area of focus in the coming year.

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