The importance of reviewing the approved Emergency Response Plans within the Airport Operations Manual (AOM), particularly, pertaining directly to on-site medical emergencies.
The purpose of this bulletin is to encourage airport operators to review their approved emergency response plans to ensure that appropriate procedures and communications information are in place, in the event of possible scenarios involving the transfer of passengers or other individuals suspected of having an infectious disease, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
Particular attention must be made to both the currency and completeness of the following information:
- Identification of all involved agencies;
- Telephone numbers and notification procedures of all involved agencies;
- Responsibility and role of each involved agency;
- Coordination of the actions to be taken by involved agencies; and
- Coordination of the response by involved agencies.
It should be noted that Health Canada identifies that an important element in dealing with suspected affected individuals is isolation. More detailed requirements have been developed on this subject, which are pending implementation in the regulations.
In addition to the general requirements in Aerodrome Standards and Recommended Practices, (TP312), 4th edition, information in revising an AOM can be obtained by contacting the appropriate office of the Regional Manager, Aerodrome Safety.
Additional information and/or guidance material pertaining to SARS can be obtained by contacting the regional offices of Health Canada or directly from their website at http://www.healthcanada.ca/ or www.hc-sc.gc.ca/english/.
A list of regional Transport Canada Aerodrome Safety offices is attached.
These documents are available electronically at: https://tc.canada.ca/en/aviation/reference-centre/aerodrome-safety-circulars
Original signed by:
Robert J. Shuter (2003.04.10)
Acting Director, Aerodrome Safety