Working in the airport environment exposes workers to a number of unique environments. Some examples of these environments that may require special or unique safety controls are identified below.
Working on the airport aprons, taxiways, or anywhere within the vicinity of aircraft can pose unique hazards to workers, and airport stakeholders. Please review the following when working on airside.
AZA – Airport Zoning Assessment
A requirement for any work that may require equipment to operate in or near the flight path of aircraft to submit an AZA to the airside operations team for review. Upon confirmation that the planned work will not impact flights, work may be approved. Work involving mobile equipment, cranes, or concrete pump trucks usually will require an AZA.
Information must be submitted to and reviewed and approved by the Airside Project Coordinator before work can begin on airside. The following information must be provided by the Airport Authority Contract Owner or Contractor manager:
- Scope of work
- Weekly lookahead
- Daily airside activities
- Hours of operation
If you are working on airside, please read the Airside Contractor and Construction Safety and Airside Escort Program documents.
The airport uses baggage halls to transport luggage to and from aircraft. Baggage halls are unique environments with a number of hazards. Some examples are listed below:
- Being struck by tug traffic
- Entrapment or pinch points in baggage conveyors
- Excessive noise
- Restricted spaces
If your work will require access to the baggage halls, please read the baggage hall guidance document.
Contractor Emergency Response Plan
All contractors and service providers working at Airport Authority facilities and holding are required to complete a Contractor Emergency Response Plan (CERP) before work on site begins. For more information on Emergency Response Plans, please click here.
Environmental Construction Standard
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is located within the Fraser River Delta. The surrounding area outside of the dykes constitutes one of the few remaining estuaries on the British Columbia coast to support regionally and internationally significant natural resources. Environmental protection and improving ecosystem health is a priority of the Airport Authority.
This document provides requirements to Applicants / Contractors who are proposing works and activities ("projects") on Airport Authority managed lands and waters.
Health & Safety Requirements
In addition to the requirements laid out in the CSMP, there may be further Health & Safety requirements that may apply depending on the contracted work.
Security - Restricted Area Access
Regulations require that all personnel entering onto the restricted areas have the appropriate security arrangements and adhere to procedures in place to prevent or reduce unlawful interference with civil aviation and applicable Transport Canada security regulations.
Click for more information regarding Security Requirements for contractors.
For questions related to this content, please contact YVR Contractor Safety by email at contractor_safety@YVR.ca or by phone at 604-276-7797.