Thursday, November 14, 2019

Now, breath test must for all Cochin airport staff

Kochi: In a bid to strengthen the safety of airside operations, the Cochin International Airport Ltd (Cial) has introduced mandatory Breath Analyzing (BA) test for all its staff and outsourced staff serving in the critical airside operations. More than five breath analyzers have been bought for this and stationed at different points at the airport.
The decision which came in effect from October 30 makes BA test compulsory for all organizations and persons engaged in air traffic control services, airport management, aircraft maintenance and repair, ground handling agency, aircraft operation, fuelling and catering, equipment operation, fire and rescue, aerobridge operations, marshalling, apron control and ground handling.
The decision is in the wake of a DGCA directive to expand the scope of BA test beyond pilots and cabin crew to other personnel providing critical aviation services at airport after numerous persons were caught tipsy during duty hours. Over the past one-and-a-half month, two non-crew members at Cial itself were reportedly found tipsy during work hours. These include a ramp service agent of Air India Air Transport Services Ltd (AIATSL), a cargo loader of Global Airport and Ground Services.
According to Cial officials, the management ensures that at least 10% individuals employed in their respective organizations are randomly subjected to BA examination on daily basis. As per the DGCA directive, all employees should have an equal chance of being tested each time the selections are made. Hence, we will be using a scientifically valid method such as a random-number table or a computer-based random-number generator to select the applicable employees for testing.
14/11/19 Times of India
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