Major Risk Prevention

Third party risks posed by aircraft accidents

Within the framework of the National Aviation Infrastructure Plan (Plan sectoriel de l'infrastructure aéronautique), the Environment Section of the Geneva Labour Inspectorate (Office cantonal de l'Inspection et des Relations du Travail, OCIRT) and Genève Aéroport carried out an assessment of the potential risk posed to third parties by aircraft accidents in the vicinity of the Geneva airport. A summary of this study can be downloaded here.

This risk assessment has been overlaid on the existing risk map for the Geneva territory (known as "Geneva Risk") established by OCIRT. This map displays potential hazards and industrial risks in accordance with the Swiss Federal Ordinance on Major Accidents (OMA). The "Geneva Risk" map is available at the following Website: http://etat.geneve.ch/sitg/cirma-4258.html.

Upon request and for the cost of CHF 20.-, the OCIRT (lpe.geneve@etat.ge.ch) can provide a detailed probability figure of an aircraft accident at any specific location within the Geneva territory.

Inventory of dangerous goods

The operation of airport installations, together with the maintenance of aircraft and vehicles, require the use of such varied products as de-icing products, paints, solvents and adhesives.

Genève Aéroport, in cooperation with third parties operating at the airport, regularly updates a qualitative and quantitative inventory of the products and goods. This aims to prevent the risks associated with the use or handling of these products. Genève Aéroport applies also the legal regulations for safety and protection of its own workers.

Emergency intervention data

To date, four companies are storing large amount of dangerous goods (in particular kerosene and fuel oil). These companies are governed by special safety provisions set out in particular in the ordinance on major accidents (OPAM). They are required emergency intervention data which contain all necessary information for the specialised service at Geneva canton (SEN). This service is responsible for assessing the dangers and preventing potential risks associated with the possession and use of potentially dangerous products and goods.

Emergency intervention data have been computerised in 2005 and made available to the Fire and Emergency Service of Geneva city (SIS) in case of a major accident.

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