IOSH Managing Safely – Aviation, now available
3 April 2012
New scheme takes off to cut airside accidents
A reduction in the number of injuries
suffered by airport operational staff is the aim of a new scheme,
launched yesterday (2 April 2012).
A training course for supervisors and managers in the aviation
sector, accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and
Health (IOSH), has been unveiled to ensure airside and landside
health and safety standards remain paramount.
In the UK the aviation industry supports nearly one million
jobs. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), during
2010/11 within the industry there were 78 major injuries and 815
incidents which meant an employee was absent from work for three
days or more.
With the ever-increasing pressures on the industry to ensure
more efficient aircraft turnaround times, health and safety on the
ramp has never been more important.
Doing things at a much faster pace increases the risk and makes
employees more susceptible to injury, illness, or even worse,
fatality. Airline bosses and managers need to be aware of the
hazards that operational staff face on a day-to-day basis, and put
simple safety measurements into place to protect workers from
Steve Terry, managing director of Astutis, the company which is
the brains behind the course, said:
“Managers and supervisors need to understand
and accept their responsibilities with regard to the health and
safety of their staff and contractors. The importance of
good, robust health and safety management cannot be understated
given the variety of risks present in the industry. Hopefully, this
course will go some way to help bosses understand this.
“This is the first accredited course for
managers within the aviation industry. And, I hope it will raise
awareness, reduce ’unnecessary’ accidents and generally raise
health and safety standards – making them consistent across the
The IOSH Managing Safely in Aviation course has been created to
provide the industry with a blanket standard for managers, bringing
them up to speed with the latest needs and developments.
When developing the course, Astutis has worked closely with
IOSH’s Aviation and Aerospace Group, who last year launched a
generic Airside Safety Induction DVD, as well as aviation safety
specialists and other industry bodies.
Keith Merrie, chair of IOSH’s Aviation and Aerospace Group,
“The Airside Health and Safety Induction DVD
has been a resounding success since its launch in 2010.
However, there was a requirement to back this up with accredited
and relevant training for managers and supervisors – Astutis’
course certainly achieves this.
“Delegates will benefit from accredited
training which relates directly to their day-to-day activities, and
I’m confident that this course will be very well received by all
attendees and the industry as a whole.”
Managing Safely in Aviation covers topics such as ramp safety,
aircraft turnaround and airside safety management. Using
interactive games and video footage, delegates on the course learn
how airport work activities can run smoothly using a ‘common sense’
approach to health and safety management.
Ian Mattimoe, corporate head of safety, security and quality at
“I believe the provision of aviation specific
health and safety training will enhance any company’s
“An accredited IOSH Managing Safely in
Aviation course will, in my opinion, increase the delegate’s
awareness of airport hazards and the subsequent control
For further details of the course, please see
the Astutis website under