RISK ASSESSMENT

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Safety Management Systems require effective inputs to enable successful monitoring. Our work both directly delivering targeted Birdstrike Risk Assessments and resolving dynamic risk issues in the field is critical to this approach.

 

Risk Assessment requirements vary depending on whether the outcomes required are a local understanding of where resources should be applied to maximise the value of wildlife management actions, whether internal highlighting of the potential issues associated with birds is needed or whether better metrics for measuring the validity of actions can be produced. Our Risk Assessment processes are tailored to manage wildlife as a whole, evaluate delivery of control, target key risk species, understand background levels of risk that cannot be controlled and input effectively into safety management systems. Ensuring actions that enable an airport or airline to demonstrate their effectiveness is critical. 

 

BML staff routinely review mandatory reported data from the UK thus providing the only birdstrike risk assessments encompassing current data. Given (our updated research has been published) the changes in severity levels caused by mandatory reporting, electronic reporting, changing aircraft types, climate change and seasonality, these routine updates are essential for the industry.  

 

Understanding the application of risk assessment processes is key to our delivery. Actions that impact one species may affect others. Knowledge of the ecology of species at aerodromes, the potential for damage or delays to be caused by species when struck by aircraft and, where necessary, and understanding of the probabilities for catastrophic outcomes to occur may all be required.

 

Risk assessment for resource allocation and risk assessment for new developments and infrastructure all fall under the remit of BML. Call us for further information.

BML staff wrote the original risk assessment procedures for airport wildlife control. We have subsequently updated species severity levels as data improvements have occurred and, where strike statistics are not available (new airport developments or unsuitable recording), have developed procedures for evaluating hazards using expert systems based on behaviour, collision risk models, flock size, local habitat and seasonality to predict potential risks and subsequent management actions. Our risk assessment procedures provide an active tool that can be upgraded and developed to ensure currency as new hazards develop and old risks are controlled. Our expertise includes evaluation of catastrophic collision risk, routine damage and delay considerations, operational resilience and focused resource management activities.

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