Responsibilities

AIRPORT INSPECTION

Commercial airlines and the military or their agents are responsible for:

a) either residually treating their aircraft, using World Health Organization recommendations, and carrying a current treatment certificate on the aircraft which indicates:

  • the registration number of the aircraft,
  • the date of treatment and
  • the date when the treatment expires;

or effectively conducting blocks away (BA) or top-of-descent (TD) treatments in the cabin and

pre-departure treatments of the hold. This will also require training cabin crew on the correct methods; supervising and correcting their performance and providing approved aerosols for cabin crew;

b) providing the biosecurity service with certification on the treatment used for disinsection each arrival of their aircraft;

c) ensuring aircrew and ground crew provide assistance to the biosecurity service where it is necessary to spray the aircraft after it arrives in the country;

d) carrying sufficient approved aerosol on the aircraft, to permit, where necessary, disinsection of the aircraft after it arrives in the country;

e) informing the biosecurity service of scheduled arrivals of international flights and changes to these schedules; and

f) providing the biosecurity service with approved aerosols for disinsection of cabins and holds.

Civil aviation is responsible for:

a) providing the biosecurity service with details of international arrivals of commercial, military and private aircraft.

The regional biosecurity officer is responsible for:

a) allocating sufficient staff and other resources to the airport to effectively implement this procedure;

b) periodically reviewing the performance of this procedure, testing improvements and, where they improve the effectiveness of the procedure and are practical, implementing the changes.

The senior biosecurity officer is responsible for:

a) consulting with the regional biosecurity officer to arrange for adequate staff to effectively verify or conduct disinsection treatments on all arriving international flights;

b) liaison with government, industry and other groups to improve the delivery of these procedures;

c) periodically monitoring the application of residual treatments to ensure that the procedures used comply with World Health Organization recommendations;

d) ensuring there is always an adequate supply of aerosols for use by the biosecurity service staff;

e) attending meetings with government, industry and other groups on airport facilitation; and

f) ensuring that the biosecurity officers know what disinsection treatments are to be used prior to the arrival of the flight.

 Biosecurity Officers are responsible for:

a) prior to the arrival of the flight, finding out what disinsection method might have been used on the aircraft;

b) carrying sufficient approved aerosols to disinsect the aircraft in situations where there are no or insufficient aerosols on the aircraft;

c) boarding the aircraft when the cabin door is opened, inspecting the disinsection certification and determining if the aircraft is to be disinsected prior to passenger disembarkation and/or cargo discharge;

d) checking that the mechanical unit has operated if the holds have had an automatic disinsection (AD) treatment before allowing the cargo to be unloaded. Remove the empty cans; and

e) disinsection of aircraft if:

  • they have not been disinsected by an approved method, or
  • the certification is invalid, or
  • there is there is doubt about the efficacy of treatment.

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