Ground Support Worldwide

MAR 2014

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MARCH 2014 • 11 CAP 642 The United Kingdom Civil Aviation Au- thority (UK CAA) has been at the forefront in terms of standard making in ramp op- erations. The Civil Aviation Publication (CAP) 642 "Airside Safety Management" was frst issued in 1995. The document provides guidance on matters affecting the health and safety of individuals and the safety of aircraft to aerodrome op- erators, airlines and other organizations that undertake activities in airside areas of aerodromes. CAP 642 incorporates a brief over- view of the legislative and regulatory arrangements and obligations that apply in airside areas and offers several model procedures demonstrating best industry practices upon which aerodrome opera- tors and other involved organizations may base their specifc procedures. The publi- cation illustrates how risks might be iden- tifed and provides advice on how airside safety can be placed within the context of a Safety Management System (SMS). Coverage is provided to those operational situations which contain elements of risk and which might be considered common- place. The document is structured in fve chapters covering respectively general principles for health and safety manage- ment airside, risk management, airside development and management of airside works, airside vehicle operation and driv- ing, safety performance management and measurement. CAP 642 is not the only effort made by the UK CAA with regard to airside safety. The Ground Handling Operations Safety Team (GHOST) has been set up to analyze the root causes of incidents that occur on the apron, recommend actions aimed at reducing the risk to aircraft and their occupants and formulate an action plan to address each issue. GHOST members are drawn from the CAA, airport operators, airlines and ground handling companies. GHOST also has two subgroups: • One addressing loading errors (Aircraft Loading Subgroup-ALS). The initiatives of the UK CAA, FSF and AAGSC have the common focus of stressing that the airport apron can be a very hazardous environment. Their main purposes are to reduce losses associated with aircraft and equipment damage, and injury to personnel. gsm_10-15_CoverStory_V4.indd 11 3/11/14 8:46 AM

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