The Risk Assessment for driving airside is probably one of the trickiest documents you will need to put together for your application. The document itself needs to be presented in a professional, standardised style (including the use of the HSE risk matrix) but most importantly it must cover all of the hazards your company will encounter whilst operating airside, and the associated controls measures that are in place to reduce and manage those risks.
As a guide, the airport are going to be expecting to see a document that ends up usually being around 15 pages (but it can be more or less depending on your operation), if all risks that need to be considered, are. However, it is not uncommon for the size to increase much further for more complex operations.
To ensure you put together a robust enough risk assessment, AirDAT suggest a review of the following websites, documentation and presentations would be of great value;
- Civil Aviation Publication (CAP) CAP790 - Airside Driving
- Civil Aviation Publication (CAP) CAP642 - Airside Safety Management
- The HSE
- Civil Aviation Publication (CAP) CAP168, Licensing of Aerodromes
- Civil Aviation Publication (CAP) CAP719 - Fundamental Human Factors
- Civil Aviation Publication (CAP) CAP393 - The Air Navigation Order
- The DVLA
- The DSA
- Civil Aviation Publication (CAP) CAP382 - MOR reporting
- The GAL Airport Byelaws and relevant Airfield advice notices (GADs)
- The Department for Transport
- The Gatwick Airport & IOSH Safety videos
During your AOL application process, AirDAT will attempt to point out when standards are not being met in this area. Please do not take any of the teams comments personally. They are very knowledgeable on the standards that are now being required by Gatwick Airport and want to ensure your company meets them, so a successful application can be submitted first time round.
Within the online application process, AirDAT have now provided a FREE online Risk Assessment builder. It outlines many of the common risks that companies operating airside will encounter, and of course allows you to include your own. With help notes right the way through, it is a sure fire way to get your assessment up to scratch before it is reviewed.
Should your operation be time sensitive, AirDAT can also provide a Risk Assessment consultancy service. Our consultancy draws on over 50 years of combined aviation experience, with members from IOSH, MIMI, the RTITB and BALPA as well as CAA AME's.
The consultancy involves one of our agents getting a background on your operation and drafting the beginnings of a risk assessment. We would then require a one meeting to go through all the aspects of the form to ensure everything is understood and every risk that will be encountered is included, and provide information as to how your company may be able to manage those risks effectively. The final edit of the document still remains with the company, but AirDAT have helped numerous companies through this stage at Gatwick and are confident that the Risk Assessment that is drafted (with local adjustments) would be robust enough for any airport in the world.
If you would like to consider our consultancy service, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get in touch with you.
Helpful links below include some of the suggested risks and a manual Risk Assessment template.