Aircraft are some of the largest and most complex machines that humans use every day. From traveling for pleasure to transporting goods around the world, we simply can't live without it. However, to make sure they work properly, we need aviation maintenance technicians. AMTs are what keep us safe in the sky, but how do you ensure their safety? These are some of the best practices for aviation maintenance security.
Whether in personal or work life, things can get just as stressful as AMT. They often have irregular work hours. This means not only a lack of sleep but also long and hard work. Any distraction, from stress to exhaustion, can lead to dangerous situations not only for the technicians but also for anyone on board after that. Although technicians are sometimes expected to work under stressful conditions, their personal boundaries must not be breached. It can be difficult to follow safety procedures and correct tool use when under extreme pressure.
There are specific colors provided for color-coding warning signs in the workplace. This color-coding system is designed to keep personnel safe while working anywhere in the airport environment.
Typically reserved for signals indicating immediate danger.
Indicates potentially dangerous areas. It should be a reminder to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Hazardous substances, wastes, or vapors present that pose a risk of illness, death, or injury.
Check the items that can help prevent accidents. Ex: emergency showers, first aid kits, cleaning supplies.
Communication with your team members is important no matter what industry you work in. Unfortunately, accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. To help reduce this, open communication with your team members can go a long way. Holding regular security meetings can ensure that not only the work environment and the tools used remain safe and up-to-date.
Of all aviation jobs, maintenance technicians have the most comprehensive set of tools. This toolkit includes unique tools for all the systems you have to perform maintenance on. If the correct tools are not used, or if the tools used are not up to date, this endangers not only the life of the AMT but also the lives of those who will be on board next. For this reason, AMTs must ensure that their tools are not only in good repair but that they are the right tools for the job.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been hearing a lot about PPE. Personal protective equipment is essential not only for doctors and nurses but also for aircraft maintenance technicians. However, PPE looks a bit different than PPE.
Protect AMTs from head impacts and falling parts.
Must be protected from flying particles.
Protect the body from dangerous chemicals.
Steel shoes can protect countless objects from falling, and their non-slip bottoms can prevent falls.
Absorb fumes extinguished by welding can help prevent long-term health risks.
When used during tasks that create vapors or small particles, they can prevent them from being inhaled and causing lung problems.