Greater Moncton International Airport participates in first-ever Canadian Airports Safety Week

Greater Moncton International Airport - 2015 Canadian Airports Safety Week
Will Sutherland, Safety Security Specialist with the Greater Moncton International Airport (GMIA), prepares a public display of an airside operations vehicle as part of the first-ever Canadian Airports Safety Week held August 24-30. (Click on the photo for a larger version.)

The Greater Moncton International Airport (GMIA) emphasized its commitment to the safety of its passengers, visitors and employees during Canada’s first-ever Canadian Airports Safety Week held in conjunction with 23 other airports across the country from Aug. 24-30.

“Canadian Airports Safety Week is a new airports-led initiative to promote healthy and safety work practices among airport employees,” said Bernard LeBlanc, President and CEO of the Greater Moncton International Airport Authority. “The program aims to reach thousands of airport employees across the country with safety-related events and promotions. For the GMIA, safety is our number-one concern around the clock. And although this initiative is targeted at employees, it’s also an excellent opportunity to show the public and our passengers just how strongly committed we are to keeping everyone safe.”

As part of the industry’s dedication to safety, the GMIA focused on the following daily themes during Canadian Airports Safety Week: hazard reporting (Monday), worker safety (Tuesday), security (Wednesday), airside vehicle operations (Thursday), foreign objects debris (Friday), construction safety and security (Saturday) and environment (Sunday).

“Our activities include daily theme-based information displays and toolbox talks directed at multiple employee groups, representing all employers here at the GMIA who have responsibilities in the airside area – the part of the airport not normally accessible to the public unless they are boarding a plane,” said Will Sutherland, Safety Security Specialist for the Greater Moncton International Airport. “It is an excellent opportunity to take a time-out and re-introduce information and avoidance practices on the known hazards which airport workers face every day.”

Canadian Airport Safety Week is an airport-led initiative to promote healthy and safe work practices among airport employees. Currently in its first year, there are 24 airports across Canada participating in the initiative: Greater Moncton International Airport, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Calgary International Airport, Charlottetown Airport, Comox Valley Airport, Edmonton International Airport, Fort McMurray International Airport, Greater Sudbury Airport, Halifax Stanfield International Airport, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, Kamloops Airport, Kelowna International Airport, London International Airport, Northwest Regional Airport, Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport, Prince George Airport, Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport, Region of Waterloo International Airport, Saint John Airport, Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport, St. John’s International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Vancouver International Airport and Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.

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