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Monday, December 03, 2012

OSHA To Extend Oversight To Include Flight Attendants

The FAA and OSHA have announced that it is being proposed that OSHA be able to enforce certain occupational safety and health standards currently not covered by FAA oversight. Through the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, Congress required that the FAA to develop a policy statement to outline the circumstances in which OSHA requirements would apply to crewmembers while they are working on aircraft.

Flight attendant workplace issues could include things such as exposure to noise and bloodborne pathogens, and access to information on hazardous chemicals. The FAA and OSHA will continue to work to identify any additional conditions where OSHA requirements could apply. They will also develop procedures to ensure that OSHA does not apply any requirements that could affect aviation safety.

"Flight attendants contribute to the safe operation of every flight each day," said acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. "This proposed policy is an important step toward establishing procedures for resolving flight attendant workplace health and safety concerns."

The policy notice was sent to the Federal Register today and is currently available at http://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/ashp/. The 30-day comment period begins when the policy notice is published in the Federal Register.

Will this result in what has happened in other industries? One regulatory organization (OSHA) says you must do something to comply with safety standards, and the other regulatory agency (FAA) says you must do the exact opposite.  What do you think?

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Blogger SteelFabCorp said...

I expect ticket prices to go up, service quality to go down, and a carry-on baggage fees to to be added. Plus, there will be greater limits to carry-on baggage. Expect traveling to become even more of a chore.

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