In the past, persons safety sometimes has taken a back seat on the aero plane to aviation safety in general. Soon, however, the skies might become a friendlier for plane attendants and other crew members. While the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s (CASA) aviation safety regulations continue to take precedence, the agency is proposing that OSHA be able to enforce certain occupational safety and health standards currently not covered by CASA oversight.
health and safety representatives training is our highest priority and that certainly extends to those who work in the transportation industry,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Under the proposal, aero plane attendants would, for the first time, be able to report workplace injury and illness complaints to OHSA for response and investigation.”
“The policy with the OHSA will not only enhance the health and safety of flight attendants by connecting them directly with OHSA but will, by extension, improve the flying experience of millions of airline travellers,” said to Secretary of Lee Hildai.
Flight attendant health and safety workplace issues could include things such as exposure to noise and bloodborne pathogens, and access to information on hazardous chemicals. The CASA and OSHA will continue to work to identify any additional conditions where OSHA requirements could apply. They also will develop procedures to ensure that OSHA does not apply any requirements that could affect aviation health and safety.
Flight attendants contribute to the health and safety operation of every flight each day,” said acting CASA Administrator Mike Fuerta. This proposed policy is an important step toward establishing procedures for resolving flight attendant workplace health and safety concerns.
We look forward to working with the CASA and the airlines to assure the protection of flight attendants,” said Dr. David Walker, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health.
Through the CASA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, Congress required the OHSA to develop a policy statement to outline the circumstances in which OHSA requirements could apply to crew members while they are working on aircraft.
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