Health and Safety

FAAM is jointly owned by the Met Office and NERC. Both organisations have a thorough safety management policy, however to avoid confusion for work at  FAAM, the policy and procedures of NERC are followed. This does not over-ride the health and safety responsibilites of your employer or the employees resposibilities to their employer.

FAAM staff, and anyone working at FAAM, are expected to operate the standards of the NERC Health and Safety system as a minimum. On top of this are local procedures developed to cover the paricular aspects of working at FAAM.

The information below therefore starts with a link to the NERC Health and Safety web-pages. The procedures are then divided into a number of policy areas which have direct relevance to working at FAAM. Any local procedures, in addition to the main NERC policy, are to be found here. In checking health and safety information, refer first to the NERC policy, then check the local procedures.

Before starting any work at FAAM, all should check whether an assessment has been made of any risks associated with the task. The Risk Assessment section below provides risk assessment forms and an archive of completed assessments. If the task does not have a risk completed risk assessment, contact FAAM to complete an assessment prior to starting work. It is acceptable to supply risk assessments origination from your parent institution, however as with all assessments, a memeber of FAAM's management must sign-off the risk assessment before work commences.

Working at FAAM covers a broad range of experiences, therefore advice is also included that is beyond the scope of the Health and Safety procedures.

 

NERC Safety Policy

In the first instance, refer to the NERC policies: link here

 

 

 

 

Guidance

 

General Information About FAAM

General Information About FAAM - link to FAMIL 1

  • Overview of FAAM

 

Information for FAAM Users - link to FAMIL 2

  • Aircraft Security Procedures
  • Safety Practice on the Apron
  • Safety Practice On Board the Aircraft
  • Medical Considerations
  • Pre-Flight Planning
  • Tool Procedures
  • Arrival at Overseas Destinations
  • Insectivide Spraying
  • Flight Time / Duty Time Limitations - Flight Crew
  • Working Time Limits - Science Crew
  • Access to Data
  • Dangerous goods Carry-On List

 

General Health and Safety, Home and Abroad

General Health and Safety - link to FAMIL 3

  • Policy
  • Health and Safety Management Team
  • Responsibilities of Managaers
  • Responsibilities of Staff
  • FAAM Health and Safet Committee
  • First Aid
  • Working on the Aircraft
  • Working in Building 146, Laboratory Practice
  • Working in Building 85, Laboratory Practice
  • Waste Disposal
  • FAAM Rules on Gas Cylinder Handling and Storage
  • FAAM Rules on Laser Safety

 

Health and Safety Away from Base - link to FAMIL 4

  • Introduction
  • Organisation
  • Safety Management Team
  • Operational Procedures
  • Cultural Differences
  • Security
  • Work in Remote Areas
  • General Factors

 

FAAM Staff Guidance

FAAM Staff Handbook - link to FAMIL 5

  • Introduction
  • Who is Who
  • Starting Work at FAAM
  • Training Requirements
  • Working Hours
  • Working at Home
  • Working Away From Base
  • Leave
  • Travelling on Business
  • Car Use
  • Public Transport
  • Working Environment
  • The NCAS Deal
  • Scientific Journals and Conferences
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Alcohol

 

 

 

Policies, Procedures and Terms of Reference

 

NERC Safety Policy

In the first instance, refer to the NERC policies: link here

 

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health

NERC General Guidance -

Control of substances hazardous to health (1·43MB)

Register of COSHH Forms

Links to COSHH

Links to MFDS

 

Travelling and Working on Detachment


NERC General Guidance -

Health, safety and security when travelling and working overseas (273KB)

Management of road risk (326KB)
Personal responsibilities and liabilities when working overseas (31KB)

Local Procedures -

FAMIL XX

 

Laboratory and Hangar/Aircraft Procedure

NERC General Guidance -

Laboratory procedure (671KB)

Local Procedures -

FAMIL 3

 

 

Risk Assessment

NERC General Guidance -

Risk assessment and risk management (166KB)

Local Procedures -

none

Index of Risk Assessments

Links to RAs

 

 

 

Accident and Near-Miss Reporting

NERC General Guidance -

Work related accident, incident, ill health and near miss reporting and investigation (179KB)

Local Procedures -

FAMIL 3

 

Workplace Inspections

 

Working at Height

 

Manual Handling

NERC General Guidance -

Safe handling, lifting and moving of loads (803KB)

Local Procedures -

see RA

 

Pressure Systems

NERC General Guidance -

Risk assessment for pressure management (468KB)

Local Procedures -

FAMIL 3

Radiation

Working with ionising radiation (393KB)

Laser Safety

 

Homeworking

NERC General Guidance -

Homeworking (131KB)

Local Procedures -

FAMIL 5

 

Management of contractors (558KB)

Management of stress at work (142KB)

Noise (497KB)

Occupational health policy (298KB)

Use of display screen equipment (229KB)

Work equipment (225KB)

Working in high hazard areas (121KB)

Definition of terms (125KB)

Fire procedures (363KB)

Health & Safety Committee constitution (118KB)

High potential risk groups in risk assessment (400KB)

Competence in health & safety (95KB)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This page provides some useful information about specific subjects regarding working at FAAM.
For general information, go to Information Leaflets.
 
 
 
 

Returning and Collecting Instruments

  • Users of the Facility should aim to collect or return instruments to FAAM within FAAM's normal office hours (08:30 - 17:00).
  • All users should please contact FAAM to arrange collection or delivery. The first point of contact should normally be Steve Cowan.
  • All instruments that are delivered to or collected from FAAM must be recorded.
  • All instruments that are to be fitted to the aircraft must be inspected and issued a Certificate of Conformity. Without this, the instrument cannot be fitted. The procedures for issuing a Certicate of Conformity are:
 

Returning and Collecting Pack-Up for Campaigns

  • Users of the Facility should aim to collect or return instruments to FAAM within FAAM's normal office hours (08:30 - 17:00).
  • All users should please contact FAAM to arrange collection or delivery. The first point of contact should normally be Steve Cowan or the Detachment Manager.
 
Safety - Tool Control

Returning and Collecting Pack-Up for Campaigns

  • Users of the Facility should aim to collect or return instruments to FAAM within FAAM's normal office hours (08:30 - 17:00).
  • All users should please contact FAAM to arrange collection or delivery. The first point of contact should normally be Steve Cowan or the Detachment Manager.
 

 

Overview

FAAM are committed to supporting the science aims of the research community by installing new or upgraded instrumentation to either support specific scientific campaigns or to improve the core instrumentation and services provided by FAAM.

 

"New instruments" in fact covers a broad spectrum of equipment, such as bespoke cabin mounted chemistry instruments, data logging equipment, instruments supplied by specialist manufacturers, instruments mounted on hard-points and windows, complete instrument packages designed by approved aircraft design companies, instruments designed and built at universities, etc. Whatever the provenance of the new instrument is, all instruments fitted to the aircraft must go through an Airworthiness Approval Process, to check that the instrument presents no hazards to the aircraft and it's occupants.


The exact nature of the Approval Process will vary depending on the project.
Since the aircraft is owned by BAE Systems, who are also the aircraft's Design Authority, it is to be expected that they are involved in all projects installing new instruments. However, it is possible for other companies with the relevant qualifications to provide approval for instruments, e.g. by designing, building and certifying (with a Form 1 certificate) an instrument for the aircraft.

Project Management

All new installations are managed by FAAM. Please contact FAAM's Technical Manager in the first instance. The Projects Space section of the website will be used to exchange documents relevant to the installation.

 

 

Timescales for a New Instrument or an Instrument Upgrade

The timetable for projects will vary according to their complexity, but as guidance:
 
  • ideally contact FAAM with the proposed installation at least 6 months prior to the proposed installation
  • an Instrument Requirement Definition is required at least 3 months prior to the proposed installation
  • a draft Technical Specification of Scientific Equipment is requred at least 2 months prior to the proposed installation
  • a final Technical Specification of Scientific Equipment is requred at least 1 month prior to the proposed installation
  • the instrument needs to be completed to allow an Airworthiness Inspection to take place at least 2 weeks prior to the proposed installation

 

The fit of a new or upgraded instrument is project managed by FAAM. A Statement of Requirement is produced by FAAM to list the work required during the ARA Modification Process (AMP - formally known as Role Change), see Configurations for information on the AMP.

 

Before BAE Systems can start any work, including production of a quotation for work on an instrument, FAAM must provide an instruction to start work and financial enabling. In order for the financial management of the work to take place, the Statement of Requirement for an AMP must be finalised 2 months before the start of the work. Any additional instrument requirements will not be considered if presented after this 2 month cut-off.


Repairing an instrument can require an update to the technical information for that instrument and hence an AMP will be needed to recertify the instrument. This can typically occur where an exact replacement of a broken component cannot be found, resulting in the need to replace the component with something new. This could occur within the 2 month limit mentioned above.

 

Instrument Information

 

Documents providing information on the new instrument will be provided in the Project Space page of this website. In some cases this information will be restricted to either Account holders of the website or to just those persons involved in the project itself.
 
There are two main documents which describe the new instrument:
 

Instrument Application Form (IAF)

This provides a first look at the proposed installation or modification and allows FAAM and the relevant Design Authority to plan the airworthiness and installation process. In return for the information in the IAF, you will received a ROM quote and eventually and purchase order from FAAM.
 
Please complete the IAF form and send to FAAM's Technical Manager.
 

Technical Specification of Scientific Equipment (TSSE)

This provides a complete description of the instrument and is the main resource for the airworthiness process.
 
Please complete the TSSE form and send to FAAM's Technical Manager.

 

Help and Advice

Contact Steve Devereau, FAAM Technical Manager for more information.
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: +44 (0) 1234 754523

 

FAAM is a publically funded facility, and it is right and proper that we publicise our work, and especially the science outputs generated from our work.
 
However, science takes time - so immediate announcements about scientific results are usually impossible, and in any case will normally come from FAAM's science "customers" following the customary peer review.
 
We will however also do our best to facilitate ongoing publicity about the delivery of science, although where possible this will always be centred on the science campaign rather than FAAM itself.  If media organisations are interested in doing something about FAAM and our work, if possible we'd ask that in the first instance they contact the programme PI (Principle Investigator) for that piece of research - their details can usually be found via their respective university websites.
 
There is a FAAM Public Relations Committee (PRC) who exist to co-ordinate publicity activities, and also to ensure that anything being published is factually correct.  Anybody involved in the programme and intending to publish information about FAAM, or seeking opportunities to use FAAM material, should contact whoever seems to be the most appropriate member of the PRC.  These members are:-
 
FAAM member:  Alan Woolley, Head of FAAM.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Directflight member: Julie Simper, Commercial Director (Cranfield)
BAeS member: Bobby Irvine, ARA Programme Manager (Prestwick)
Met Office member: Helen Chivers, Met Office PR Department (Exeter) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
NERC member: Tamera Jones, NERC Press Office (Swindon) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
NCAS member: Harriett Richardson, NCAS Communications Manager (Leeds)
 
FAAM is particularly keen to try and help engagement with school science teaching or related activities, and would be glad to discuss teacher training / experience opportunities or school visits.  If you are interested in this, please contact Mr. Alan Woolley, Head of FAAM.
For any issues related to ongoing weather forecasts, please contact the Met Office.
 
For general issues related to university science in weather and climate, please contact NCAS. For commercial inquiries about this aircraft or similar aircraft, please contact NCAS.
 
During detachments, for possible aircraft visits or local publicity discussion, please contact the detachment manager.  If unsure who that is, please contact the FAAM operations manager Maureen Smith - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .