Undertaking works at Perth Airport

Keeping our passengers, visitors, staff and community safe is our biggest priority and we have a comprehensive Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) system in place to manage safety risks.

Contractors undertaking work on the Perth Airport estate, which may impact Perth Airport’s infrastructure, services, operations or personnel, must abide by Perth Airport Health and Safety procedures.

Prior to any works commencing, an OSH Works Planning Meeting must be conducted to determine what impacts the works will have on Perth Airport Pty Ltd.

Contractor induction

New applicants

All contractors who perform works on the Perth Airport estate must complete the face-to-face induction before commencing work. To register for an induction, please sign-up via Flightpath.

Renewals

The ID card is valid for two years from the date of completing the induction. To renew, complete the required eLearning in FlightPath and print the certificate.

Contractor guidance for permitting processes

Perth Airport has identified seven High Risk Activities (HRA) that require a Permit.

  1. Confined Space Entry
  2. Crane Operations
  3. Excavations
  4. Demolition
  5. Penetrations
  6. Hot Works
  7. Working at Heights

These HRAs have the potential to impact on Perth Airport’s infrastructure, services, operations or personnel.

Please liaise with your PAPL representative for a copy of these procedures.

Permit Requests must be lodged and tracked on PEMAC – Perth Airport Electronic Permit to Work System.

Your PAPL representative is responsible for issuing a contractor with a PEMAC login.

After you have completed the eLearning module, you can use the Contractor How To Guide to assist when raising a Permit Request.

To assist contractors in meeting Perth Airport requirements, we have also developed Contractor Guidance Notes on the permitting process and outline the general safety requirements when undertaking high risk activities.

1. Confined Space Entry

Contractors MUST raise a Permit Request at least three working days before the planned works for all confined space entry works in spaces owned and controlled by Perth Airport.

Perth Airport defines a confined space as an enclosed or partially enclosed space that:

  • is not designed or intended primarily to be occupied by a person; and
  • is, or is designed or intended to be, at normal atmospheric pressure while any person is in the space; and
  • is or is likely to be a risk to health and safety from:
    • an atmosphere that does not have a safe oxygen level, or
    • contaminants, including airborne gases, vapours and dusts, that may cause injury from fire or explosion, or
    • harmful concentrations of any airborne contaminants, or
    • engulfment.

Contractor Guidance Note: Permitting Process – Confined Space

2. Crane operations

Contractors MUST raise a Permit Request at least three working days before the planned works for crane operation activities (includes lifting or boom type equipment such as vehicle loading cranes) on the Perth Airport estate.

Contractor Guidance Note: Permitting Process – Crane Operations

Airspace infringement

Airspace around Perth Airport is protected under Part 12 of the Airports Act 1996 and the Airports (Protection of Airspace) Regulations 1996.

Fixed and mobile plant such as cranes, tower cranes and some concrete pumps and elevated work platforms, both on and off the airport estate, can infringe the protected airspace of Perth Airport. These activities can pose a real hazard to aviation if not mitigated appropriately.

Persons wishing to undertake activities that will result in an intrusion into Perth Airport’s protected airspace are required to apply to Perth Airport for approval.

Infringement of Perth Airport’s protected airspace without approval is punishable by fines of up to $40,000.

Perth Airport has a Protected Airspace Assessment Tool (PAAT) to ease the facilitation of applications for crane/plant activities.

3. Excavations

Excavation works pose a serious risk to Perth Airport's operations. Contractors MUST raise a Permit Request for all excavations on the Perth Airport estate at least 10 working days before the planned works.

Perth Airport defines excavation works as any activity that requires the existing ground to be disturbed to a depth of 100 mm or greater by manual or mechanical means (shovel or machine digging), and includes boring or driving any object into the ground.

The following is not considered to be excavation:

  • vacuum extraction a hand digging using a shovel for service location
  • excavation to maximum total depth of a 100mm or less.

Contractor Guidance Note: Permitting Process – Excavations

4. Demolition

For demolition works undertaken at Perth Airport, the Contractor must note that Perth Airport has broken demolition into two separate categories:

  • Structural Demolition - the demolition or dismantling of a structure or part of a structure that is load-bearing or otherwise related to the physical integrity of the structure.
  • Non-structural Demolition - the demolition or dismantling of a structure or part of a structure that is not deemed load bearing or are hollow in construction.

Contractors MUST raise a Permit Request at least three working days before the planned works for all non-structural and structural demolition works conducted on the Perth Airport estate.

N.B. The Contractor Guidance Note does not alleviate the contractor of any responsibilities as detailed in the Occupational Safety and Health Regulation 1996, Part 3, Division 9, Subdivision 7 – Demolition.

Contractor Guidance Note: Permitting Process – Demolition

5. Penetrations

For penetration works undertaken at Perth Airport, the Contractor must note that Perth Airport has broken penetration works into two separate categories:

  • Non-structural Penetration - works requiring penetration into hollow walls, ceilings or floors, or into solid material which is not a structural member (the primary load bearing components of a building).
  • Structural Penetration - works requiring penetration into a structural member.

Contractors MUST raise a Permit Request at least three working days before the planned works for all non-structural and structural penetrations on the Perth Airport estate.

Contractor Guidance Note: Permitting Process – Penetrations

6. Hot Works

Contractors MUST raise a Permit Request for all hot works that may impact on Perth Airport’s infrastructure, services, operations or personnel at least three working days before the planned work.

Hot works activities include grinding, welding, thermal or oxygen cutting, abrasive blasting or heating, and other related heat-producing or spark-producing operations.

Contractor Guidance Note: Permitting Process – Hot Works

7. Working at Heights

Contractors MUST raise a Permit Request at least three working days before the planned work for all working at heights that may impact on Perth Airport’s infrastructure, services, operations or personnel.

Perth Airport defines working at heights as work in any place where, if precautions were not taken, a person could fall and injure themselves.

If you:

  • work above 2 metres
  • could fall from an edge, through an opening or fragile surface
  • could fall from ground level into an opening in a floor or hole in the ground
  • work on a roof within 3 metres of an open edge.

Examples of working at heights include:

  • using working platforms such as scaffolds, tower scaffolds, cherry pickers, scissor lifts and elevated work platforms
  • work on a roof, piece of plant or equipment
  • using ladders or stepladders.

Working at heights does not include:

  • ascending or descending solely for gaining access.

Contractor Guidance Note: Permitting Process – Working at Heights

Drug and Alcohol Management Plan (DAMP)

The DAMP applies to contractors and their subcontractors who undertake Safety Sensitive Aviation Activities (SSAA) at Perth Airport.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements

Perth Airport has a mandatory PPE requirement for all construction works of:

  • hard hat
  • safety glasses
  • steel toecap boots
  • hi-vis vest
  • long-sleeved shirt and pants.

Contact

For general enquiries about undertaking works at Perth Airport, please contact us via [email protected].