Airport Safety Week 2021: Day 1

COVID-19 safety measures

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves and public health guidelines in our communities and travel restrictions at our airport change, we continue to prioritize the health and safety of everyone at Toronto Pearson. As employees, we must continue to remain vigilant and observe health and safety precautions to keep each other safe and healthy at work. 
A lot has changed, and will continue to change, as we continue to implement new measures to keep all airport workers safe. For the latest information on COVID-19 and how to stay safe and healthy at work, visit our Healthy Airport page

Spotlight: Pearson COVID-19 case log 

In May 2020, the GTAA and the Public Health Agency of Canada developed a voluntary airport-wide case log to provide basic, anonymous information about COVID-19 cases in the Toronto Pearson workforce. The case log is available on the Airport Employee COVID-19 information web page. Information is provided by employers and is voluntary and anonymous. Employers can provide information about cases in their workforce at covidreporting@torontopearson.com.

This is a reporting address for employers to report confirmed cases. Workers or employers who are concerned about their personal health should contact their local health authority. Awareness of cases in the workspace is not a replacement for prevention measures instituted by employers and PHAC, such as good hygiene and physical distancing practices. Always follow your employers’ and public health guidelines.

Environmental Safety: An exciting addition to wildlife management at Toronto Pearson

Traditional wisdom has been that drones and airports do not mix, owing to the hazard they can represent to aircraft and other users of the airfield. However, under the right circumstances, with the appropriate training, equipment, and approvals this technology presents us with a wide range of possible uses to help support the management and maintenance of Toronto Pearson. 

How we’re addressing the impacts of drones at Toronto Pearson

The GTAA is implementing a policy and processes for approving visual line of sight (VLOS) use of these remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) on airport property. This policy will address safety, regulatory, and operational impacts to facilitate the cooperative use of RPAS on GTAA-owned lands. The policy will consider the requirements of all internal and external stakeholders ensuring an evolving approach to the use of this technology without compromising the complex system we operate within. 

Using drones for wildlife management

RPAS is an exciting and soon-to-be integral part of wildlife management. For instance, Falcon Environmental can use RPAS for problem analysis related to wildlife, bird monitoring in certain infrastructure, and for training birds of prey. Accipiter Radar systems, Falcon Environmental, Nav Canada and the GTAA have been collaborating on an avian radar surveillance project since the summer of 2020, to test the efficiency and accuracy of detecting birds in flight on and near Toronto Pearson. Feedback over this time has been positive. This past summer, the project took the next step in the testing phase by working to integrate a special purpose 3D Drone Radar and a PTZ camera at Toronto Pearson.   

Drone trial and data collection

The first critical step towards this integration is trial and data collection which began in September 2021. Its purpose is to establish and deploy Falcon’s RoFalcon fixed-wing drone, that utilizes a small, ducted fan for propulsion such as is found in some scale model radio-controlled aircraft to manage and disperse birds from Toronto Pearson. This unit is not designed to replace Pearson’s live falconry program but supplement it where needed. Testing will include assessment of flight characteristics, ability to resist habituation (real birds becoming immune to the perceived threat presented by artificial ones), and other operational factors.

Inquiries on the use of RPAS systems on GTAA-owned lands should be directed to rpas@gtaa.com.  

RoFalcon Drone design

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RoFalcon Drone in flight

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Darryn from Falcon Environmental and RoFalcon

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Eye on Safety Awards Nominee Spotlight – Sandra

Meet Sandra from SSP

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Sandra from SSP was nominated for a Health & Safety Leader award in the Safest Manager/Supervisor category for consistently promoting Toronto Pearson’s Healthy Airport guidelines by politely asking passengers and airport staff to wear their masks and wear them properly. Although Sandra has encountered frustrated responses from passengers and employees alike, she has never allowed this to stop her from continuing her task of ensuring the safety of those around her by promoting the mask policy. When Sandra was asked why she does this, she said she does it not only for her safety but also for the safety of her family, her fellow employees, their families and all airport employees. 

Thank you for embodying our Healthy Airport commitment, Sandra! 

Do you know someone who should be nominated for an Eye on Safety Award? Nominate them today

Today’s quiz

Complete today’s quiz for your chance to win great prizes. Read the full contest rules. Please note: Today’s quiz is only open for completion from 8:00 am - 11:59 pm. A new quiz is posted daily. 

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