FAA and OSHA Partner to Improve Workplace Safety for Flight Crews

by | December 28th, 2012

December 28, 2012

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be partnering with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to implement improvements that make working conditions safer for flight attendants aboard airplanes.

Earlier this year, Congress approved the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, which sets standards for when flight crews should report job hazards to OSHA for investigation. This essentially allows OSHA to oversee and enforce certain on-the-job health and safety standards not observed by the FAA.

The partnership will allow flight crews and attendants to report problems, such as exposure to excessive noise and blood-borne diseases, while also making it mandatory to give crews access to information about hazardous chemicals found aboard an aircraft. The FAA also will work to ensure OSHA does not implement any regulations that could affect the safety of an aircraft or its passengers.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and OSHA’s Assistant Secretary of Labor, Dr. David Michaels, praised the Act for creating transparency and added this will be the first time flight crews will have the capability to report on-the-job accidents to OSHA, which can prove useful should a Workers’ Compensation claim need to be filed following an accident.

The Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy recognize the risks that workers in the aviation industry face each day and are here to help if you have been injured in an accident aboard an aircraft that was no fault of your own.