• Helipad Safety

  • Objectives

    • To provide initial and recurrent helipad safety training for hospital staff.
    • To familiarize all staff with helicopter operations on the helipad.
    • To review helipad safety systems.
    • To insure that patient loading and off-loading are performed safely and efficiently.

    Who should receive helipad safety training?
    All hospital staff with a responsibility to respond to the helipad:

    • Patient care staff
    • Hospital security officers
    • Plant operations/maintenance staff
    • All staff should receive initial and annual refresher training. Track training on rosters.

    Basics of helipad safety

    • Remain alert at all times.
    • Restrict access to those with current helipad safety training.
    • Be aware of any changes in helipad surroundings.
    • Wait for signal from flight crew to approach the aircraft.
    • Always remain in view of the crew.
    • Daily helipad inspection
    • Clear or secure all loose objects.
    • Remove snow / ice
    • Use only non-corrosive ice melter.
    • Check all navigational aids:
    • Windsock, beacon, perimeter and flood lights.
    • Inspect surrounding area for new hazards:
    • Cranes, new construction, birds, etc.
    • Check fire suppression systems and escapes.
    • Before the aircraft arrives
    • Insure helipad is clear:
    • Rocks, trash, carts, cords.
    • Debris can injure staff or damage aircraft.

    Keep all staff in protected area:

    • Inside building or behind structures.
    • Rotor wash can be hazardous.
    • Secure all loose clothing, caps, scarves, etc.
    • Implement universal precautions, as appropriate.
    • On ground level helipads, restrict pedestrian and/or vehicle traffic.

    Aircraft arrival

    • At night, keep flood lights off until aircraft has landed.
    • Remain in protected location until helicopter rotor blades have stopped.
    • Watch for signal from the flight crew to approach.
    • Always walk while on the helipad.
    • Use caution when surface is slippery.
    • Allow flight crew to open and close doors.
    • Follow flight crew's instructions during off-loading.

    "Hot" off-loading

    • Comm Center will advise you if Flight For Life has requested a hot offload (with rotor blades turning).
    • Secure all loose clothing, caps, scarves, stethoscopes.
    • Use eye and ear protection.
    • Remain in protected area until signaled to approach by flight crew.
    • Allow flight crew to operate all doors.
    • "Approach from within view of pilot.
    • Keep head low when walking under rotor blades, especially when windy.
    • Keep hands at shoulder level.
    • Avoid lifting anything into rotor blades.
    • Never go behind cabin area or rear of skids!
    • Extreme danger from spinning tail rotor.

    Patient off-loading

    • Allow flight crew to operate stretcher system.
    • Position cart in proper position, setting brake.
    • Wait for signal from flight crew to remove stretcher.
    • Watch for tension on IV lines, oxygen tubing, monitoring cables.
    • Assist flight crew with patient care, as needed.

    Be familiar with your helipad systems:

    • Fire suppression and escape
    • Communications
    • Lighting
    • Request specific training with helicopter services that frequent your facility.
    • Flight For Life Colorado
    • Eurocopter AS-350 B3 "A-Star"
    • Single patient, loaded into left side of cabin.
    • Shut down requires approximately 30-60 sec.
    • Tail rotor on right side of tail boom