The GHI Big Debate Webinar - 30 September

Safety on the Ramp

As operators begin to restart their operations – GHI examines the safety risks awaiting employees upon their return to the apron and what employers can do to manage the dangers.

The session will explore what steps businesses should take before redeploying ramp teams  – who may have been furloughed or on reduced hour working – to full turnaround duties. Is this a golden opportunity to reinforce core safety principles on our people. How do you turn safety from a reactive tick box exercise into a proactive culture of keeping colleagues out of harm’s way?

Panellists from airlines, ground handlers and GSE suppliers will also assess the implication of social distancing measures on turnaround activity and analyse how we balance implementation with the practical challenges of high intensity activity in often confined areas like aircraft holds. And, we’ll be assessing innovative GSE safety solutions with an emphasis on preventing preventable manual handling injuries- responsible for a third of all workplace injuries according to industry figures.

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Date: Thursday 30 September
Time: 1000-1130 EDT (New York) / 1500-1630 BST (London) / 1600-1730 CEST (Paris)
Format: A 90 minute Webinar bringing together business leaders from leading airlines, ground handlers, airports and industry suppliers to discuss a blueprint for safer ramp activity as operations return from the coronavirus pandemic. The session will include an online audience Q&A and be chaired by GHI Conference Chairman, Max Gosney.

  • A safe restart post Covid-19: What best practice measures should stations be taking as they look to reintroduce employees to the apron environment? Training and refreshing safety awareness.
  • The socially distanced turnaround: examining how an emphasis on physical distances balances with the demands of turning an aircraft. How will we accommodate distancing into SOPs when the OTP pressure is on? We’ll also look at PPE and cleaning implications following the Covid-19 crisis.
  • Reducing manual handling injuries through GSE: back strains, musculoskeletal disorders and injured arms and legs are an occupational hazard among our ramp teams performing heavy lifting, pushing, pulling and carrying. We’ll examine what role innovative GSE can play in reducing the injury risk and leading to more productive and healthier operations.


Kim Meldgaard

Power Stow

International Area Sales Manager

Jelmer Melissen


Business Support & Development Manager

Christian Motosi

Advisor to Brussels South Charleroi Airport

Occupational Physician

Jan Poulsen

SAS Ground Handling

Safety & Security Manager

Gary Thistlethwaite

Stobart Aviation Services

Heath Safety & Compliance Manager

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