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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 and consider these aspects in your hazard review and risk register:
FOD – Foreign Object Debris
Any loose materials or objects which can be blown around the airfield, it can get caught in aircraft engines creating damage, and the potential for aircraft engine malfunctions. It must be controlled at all times.
Any work that may generate heat must adhere to the 100/300 rule around aircraft. When aircraft are in the area, hot work must be at least 100 feet away from aircraft, or where aircraft are fueling, hot work must be at least 300 feet away. This is to eliminate the risk of combustion of any aircraft fuel vapours.
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.
It is a YVR requirement that any work airside requires safety glasses, and a high visibility vest, regardless of what other PPE requirements may exist within a contracted work agreement.
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.
In addition to the above unique aspects of work at YVR, the following are critical aspects of working at YVR that must be considered in hazard identification and risk register exercises:
Work in public spaces
There must be no risk to the public from any contracted work
Consideration to how materials can be transported safely without causing injury to the workers, or others in the area
Segregation and delineation
All contracted work must have appropriate delineation and segregation to prevent any impact from the contracted work escaping the work area
All noise related to contracted work must be kept to short durations, and below recognized hazard levels, time of day should be considered to complete excessively noisy work
Dust, smoke, fumes, vapours and other nuisance aspects of air quality must be controlled using appropriate means
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.