Do you have an aircraft hangar safety checklist? This checklist is essential for every aircraft hangar because keeping your staff and your equipment safe should be top priority at all times. Aircraft hangar operations can be challenging and as a hangar owner or operator it’s your responsibility to put in place practices that prevent accidents and damage. Here are some ways to enforce safety in your hangar space, compiled by our aircraft maintenance team in NJ.
Establish An Emergency Evacuation Plan
All of your hangars should have emergency evacuation plans in place. It may seem like common sense if the exits are clearly marked, but in a real emergency people sometimes panic or freeze – which can have disastrous consequences. You need to practice your emergency evacuation plan on a regular basis so it becomes ingrained in everyone’ s minds, that way if a real emergency happens it will be easier for muscle memory to kick in.
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
You should have enough PPE for all staff members plus extra for any passengers who might be on site. PPE includes items like hearing protection, eye protection, gloves, protective footwear, and high-visibility vests. We also recommend having non-slip footwear available.
All PPE should be in easy-to-reach locations in each hangar so people are able to quickly grab it in an emergency. Your staff may want to wear certain PPE at all times, like hearing protection, because the inside of an aircraft hangar can get very loud.
Aircraft hangars often house highly flammable materials and liquids, and when you combine that with various electrical outlets, the risk of a fire becomes very real. That being said, here’s the fire protection you need in your hangar:
- The correct number of fire extinguishers for the size of your hangar
- Fire extinguishers that are the correct size and classification
- A record of all fire extinguisher inspections, displayed in a visible location
- Train all employees on how to use the fire extinguishers, and conduct the training once a year
People who work in hangars run a real risk of falling because they’re climbing on tall lifts and scaffolding multiple times throughout the day. The wings of some jets are equally as tall as a two-story building, so you can imagine the severity of injuries that could occur if someone was to fall. Comprehensive fall protection includes regular inspections of the lifts and scaffolding to ensure they’re in proper working order – the brakes must be checked, and so must the railings. You should also provide staff with slip-resistant footwear to reduce the likelihood that they’ll slip and fall while up on a lift or a piece of scaffolding.
A Lounge Area
If an accident occurs, you need a place for everyone else to wait while the emergency services are attending to the people in need. Having a well-kept lounge area is about more than simple comfort, it’s about giving people space to breathe and decompress after something traumatic happens. Your lounge should have comfortable seating, WiFi, and a light selection of food and drinks.