Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport were delighted to take part in Safety Week again and following on from the success of last year’s event we had even more teams from across the airport campus interested in taking part.

With over 6,000 people working across the airport the airfield environment is one that relatively few people have the chance to experience. Office-based staff enjoyed spending time on the airfield topography tour, learning about the airfield and the Airside Operations team. Our Fire Service opened their doors to demonstrate CPR, incident response and the use of the training simulator. They also provided refreshments which gave an opportunity for staff to ask questions and get to know their colleagues better.

A highlight of the week for many was a demonstration of an aircraft turnaround. Jet2.com, Swissport, Omniserve, Flight Care, Alpha Catering and North Air were all present to explain their roles in a turnaround and to explain the importance of safety and team working in what could be a dangerous environment.

This year we also took the opportunity to focus on the landside environment. Our Health and Safety and Property teams set up a hazard perception room – a mock office littered with hazards which staff were invited to identify for the chance to win prizes. Lothian Buses and Edinburgh Trams supported the event by talking to staff and passengers about bus and tram safety for other road users, cyclists in particular. Visitors were given the opportunity to sit in the driver’s seat and found it interesting to experience driving hazards and blind spots from the driver’s perspective. Police Scotland also set up a speed reaction car, to test braking times as well as providing information on safe driving and advice on what to do when driving in adverse weather conditions. Our Terminal Safety team provided staff and passengers with advice and handouts on topics such as first aid, terminal evacuation procedures, fire marshals, safe walking routes, escalator safety and baggage trolley safety.

Our week ended with our Marquee Day, our busiest yet with over 20 stands and over 250 people attending across the day.

Feedback from across the week was great with comments including:

“I think this should be implemental into handling agents’ inductions, gives a very good view and understanding of ramp and lights and markings for new employees”

“Very worthwhile”

“Brilliant event”

The week really demonstrated what can be achieved when teams from across the airport come together with a shared goal and everyone involved was constantly reviewing their activity and discussing what could be done to improve for next year. Looking forward already, we are keen to spread out with the airport boundary to involve our local community; in particular our closest residents and local schools.

Gayle Barclay – Communications Project Manager