TECHNICAL ADVICE ON AIRPORT SAFETY

 

Over the past two decades, has been developing a set of technical advry on Portuguese airport as regards health and  at work, as well as fire .

 

provides technical advry services on Portuguese airport to the managing body of the facilities and infrastructure, to handling companies and to passengers and goods maintenance companies. It particularly focuses on risk assessment, air and updating and reviewing self- measures. also monitors testing and technical audits on fire  systems and equipment.

The purpose of the studies carried out was primarily to ensure compliance with the legal and regulatory frameworks for occupational health and , the regime and technical regulations for fire in  and the performance of  directive.

 

 

Risk

In order to ensure health and conditions in workplaces and other public areas in airports, identifies the type of risk associated with the many activities and tasks performed, based on the process of risk defined in 31000. During the risk assessment, uses the ALARP principle (As Low As Reasonably Practicable), based on occupational accident and illness statistics, information about the probability of exposure to each identified risk and the corresponding consequences.

On the basis of prioritising risk, the necessary preventive, protective and mitigation measures are identified for each type of risk. This permits risks to be dealt with and reduced to acceptable levels.

 

Air

Air assessments monitor the concentration of Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC), Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Carbon Monoxide (CO), Airborne Particles (PM10, PM2,5), Formaldehyde (H2CO) and the (AT), Relative Humidity (RH) and Air Velocity (AV). The macrobiological characterisation of the air is also carried out (fungi, bacteria and Legionella spp) for comparn with the reference values laid down by law. For situations in which the measurements are above the reference values, prevention and measures needed for the compliance with these values are identified. The Group has properly calibrated equipment and accredited laboratories that enable these assessments to be made.

 

FIRE

The purpose of ’s fire assessment is to comply with current legislation and the technical notes of the National Civil Authority. It consists in monitoring and testing fire systems, namely the means of detection of fire and gas, means of extinction, emergency lighting, compartmentalisation, smoke extraction, interfaces between systems and systems with independent sources of power. Audits are also performed to identify nonconformities or anomalies and to define the necessary corrective actions to ensure that facilities have acceptable fire levels.

 

Self- Measures

The new national legal regime requires operators/owners to prepare self- measures in the or parts of the they occupy. These measures are determined according to the type of use in question and the respective risk category. provides all the necessary support for their implementation.

Self- measures apply to all and other spaces. These make provision for the organisation and of , whose aim is to increase the of people and in the event of fire. They include within their scope all prevention, preparation and response measures, encompassing all levels within each organisation. draws up self- measures for each category of risk, and for each type of use, which feature:

  • Preventive measures, which take the form of Prevention Procedures or Prevention Plans, according to the category of risk;
  • Intervention measures in case of fire. Depending on the risk category, these may be Procedures in Case of Emergency or Internal Emergency Plans;
  • records;
  • Fire Training conducted through actions intended for all employees and associates of the operating entities. It may also depend on the specific training required by representatives and other staff involved in high fire risk situations;
  • Emergency Drills to test the internal emergency plan and to train the occupants of the . They create behavioural routines and improve procedures.

The multidisciplinarity and multifunctionality of ’s intervention allows us to provide a 360° technical advice service in partnership with the various operators/owners of the airport facilities. It also enables monitoring that goes beyond compliance with the existing legal and regulatory requirements. Our aim is always to follow best practices, and to apply technical and technological know-how.

MARIA MANUEL FARINHA

MARIA MANUEL FARINHA

RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF SECURITY AND ENVIRONMENT DIRECTION TECHNICAL CONSULTANCY AND INSPECTION
MARIA MANUEL FARINHA

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