OHS compliance big part of ATS operations

Air Terminal Services Technical Team members Bernadette Pesamino (right) and Luke Kuruivua demonstrate the use of safety equipment during the Occupational Health and Safety Program at their office in Nadi. Picture: REINAL CHAND

OCCUPATIONAL health and safety (OHS) compliance is a big part of Air Terminal Services operations in Nadi.

Staff members at the aircraft ground handling business this week marked OHS week with activities that encouraged and reminded staff members of safety and compliance in the workplace.

ATS Safety and Compliance manager David Vosawale said the week-long celebration had provided a refresher course to a system that formed the basis of their work. “They are aware of our regulations and our compliance of safety procedures so this is all parts and parcel of our efforts to ensure that we maintain our commitment and quality of service,” he said.

“The work that we do involves a lot of lifting and we use a lot of protective equipment. Most of the safety gear that we use from our head to our toes is provided by the company.

“It’s important because safety is a big part of our work and for the workers who work around the airport.

“We ensure that we put together all of these activities that constantly remind our workers of the importance of our work and why safety and compliance is very important.”

He said their OHS training was applied each day especially when handling an aircraft while at port. “Working around an aircraft is one of the most expensive workplaces in the world. One aircraft costs around $6 million. One aircraft door can cost up to half a million dollars,” Mr Vosawale said.

“It is extremely important that we uphold safety.

“The safety of the passengers, the crew and the aircraft is on our hands so once we close the door of an aircraft is supposed to be safe and secure.”

The ATS staff members also marked the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organization.

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