The research examines two Aerospace engineering companies and discusses their potential and use in their various segments. The research also highlights the hazard at the workplace, and the health and safety procedures the companies are using to deal with the hazard.
Company A – British Airways Maintenance – Cardiff (BAMC)
British Airways Maintenance – Cardiff (BAMC) is an aerospace engineering facility run and operated by the British Airways. The facility performs the function of maintaining the wide variety of British Airways passenger jets. In addition to this, the British Airways maintenance facility spearheads a variety of long-term modernization goals in terms of advancements in aircraft design. The facility assists the organization to maintain, repair, test and perform assurance tests on certain sets of Boeings 747 and 777 aircraft series (“British Airways Maintenance Cardiff”). In terms of modernization goals, the facility provides an atmosphere, including a variety of equipment and tools that are used in modernizing the interiors of the British Airways aircrafts, as well as carrying out an overhaul of parts of aircraft sections.
Hazard materials such as fire and fumes from asbestos
The British Airways Maintenance – Cardiff facility is a typical maintenance environment that is used to repair aircrafts. It is fitted with electrical systems all over with paint shops and construction facilities that engineers use. The biggest hazards in this setting include fire and fumes from the electrical connections and paint shops.
The facility utilizes large amounts of electricity connected to different sections, mainly for carrying out electrical works on aircraft bodies. This therefore constitute the largest hazard, coupled with fumes from asbestos-based paints. This is because the majority of repair works involved utilize power and paints for modernizing the aircrafts.
Company B – General Electric
General Electric is a World’s leader in the production of aviation related components. General Electric provides these to a wide range of customers in the commercial airlines jet industry, governments in terms of military supplies, and general aviation. General electric manufactures one of the best turboprop engines, and components related to power, avionics, and other mechanical based systems of most commercial aircrafts. The organization has become an industrial giant, supplying aircraft components all over the world, with many commercial aviation airlines using the turboprop engine to power their aircrafts and most of its mechanical and avionic components.
The General Electric Company exposes its employees to a wide variety of hazards with noise being one of them. Noise is one of the industrial hazards produced at the company facility, mostly by the engines manufactured. This hazard affects the majority of employees due to an imbalanced ambience sound level around the workplace (United States. National Bureau of Standards 61).
Company A Health and Safety procedures of dealing with the hazard
Therefore, the company has prescribed rules and safety regulations as championed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which follow the Aviation Occupational Health and Safety Regulations. In its adherence to these rules and regulations, the organization protects its workers against exposure to dangerous fumes, thereby safeguarding the health and safety of all its workers. Among the areas that it helps its employees are in electrical safety; hazardous products including other controllable substances deemed to be dangerous to human life. The company also maintains a work environment as prescribed by the aviation safety regulations to promote a safe work environment for the employees.
Ensure that work being undertaken is correctly done to reduce an occurrence of hazard, or anything that may trigger a hazard
Adherence to the Basic Safety Rules
Adhere to health and safety rules within the facility by putting on protective clothing as needed
Communicate to the respective managers in case a hazard occurs, or there is the potential of a given hazard occurring.
Company B Health and Safety Procedures of Dealing with the Hazard
Safety rules and regulations
The company adheres to the Work Health and Safety Act to provide a framework to protect the safety and wellness of its employees. The company has re-modernized its work environment by using suitable materials, such as soundproof glass to design and build work areas where employees work from. Due to this re-design, the company reduced the noise to minimum levels that cannot distract its employees. This was done through suspending its ceiling and soundproofing the doors and walls to minimize noise levels emanating from the production sections.
Use of safety equipment
The employees are expected to utilize safety equipment at the disposal to protect themselves from harmful noise levels outside work areas.
Adherence to safety rules
General Electric employees are expected to adhere to safety rules and procedures by observing the use of safety manuals to protect their health and the safety levels of products being produced.
Work in a safe conducive area
The company handles the situation by modifying work areas to minimize the levels of noise accumulating in the work environment, which is harmful to the employees.
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The Economic Impact of Noise. Washington: U.S. Office of Noise Abatement and Control, 1971. Print.