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Ideagen in safety tour of Glasgow Airport

26 April 2017
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Ideagen's staff joined members of Safety Group West Scotland for a safety tour of Glasgow Airport

Staff from Ideagen, developers of quality, safety, audit, performance and risk management software, were specially invited guests to Glasgow Airport recently.

The visit was organised by Safety Group West Scotland (SGWS) and was aimed at educating Group members on safety and security processes and procedures around the airport.

As members of SGWS, Ideagen staff were treated to a tour of NATS’ operations, the airport’s air traffic control service providers, and the on-site fire station.

Jane Murdoch, Ideagen’s Global Aviation Account Manager, said: “This was a fantastic visit organised by the SGWS.

“It provided a real insight into the stringent safety processes and procedures that are regimentally followed each day at Glasgow Airport and surrounding areas.

“What became apparent was how closely the varying organisations operating within the airport grounds worked together, from Air Traffic Control and Fire Service to Ground Operations. Communication, in all forms, is crucial for the successful management of safety and it is comforting to know that at Glasgow Airport no stone is left unturned when it comes to ensuring the well-being of passengers, staff and the airport itself.”

During the visit, NATS’ ATC Manager, Steven Singer, provided a briefing on how the company provides safe and efficient air traffic services to the airport as well as how they communicate extensively with outside bodies such as Edinburgh Airport and local flying schools. A tour of NATS’ radar and live control centre was also provided.

The Group then experienced a short tour of the on-site fire station including a run through of its five-minute and 15-minute response processes for the airport and nearby Clyde river. The tour also included a showcase of the station’s £1 million Rosenbauer Panther Fire-Brigade Trucks.

Alan Gunn, chair of the Safety Group West Scotland, said: “Visits to sites such as Glasgow Airport are excellent in that they provide the Group with real examples of individuals managing safety challenges in a live environment.

“At Glasgow Airport, we could see how everyone worked together for a common goal. The safety of commuters and staff as well as the Airport’s assets including aircraft, critical radar systems or top of the range firefighting equipment and vehicles is paramount.

“Our members, including the staff from Ideagen, thoroughly enjoyed this visit and, more importantly, they can now apply this knowledge to their own business, whether that be in conversations with staff or indeed clients.”

Safety Group West Scotland, formerly SHEF(S), is the oldest safety group in Scotland and one of the oldest in the UK having been in operation for over 80 years. The organisation has strong connections with the SGUK and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).


Ideagen, members of SGWS, are industry leaders in providing information management software and services to organisations operating in highly regulated industries. The company is headquartered in Nottingham, but has operations around the United Kingdom as well as a global presence in the United States, the European Union and Dubai.

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