The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), working in conjunction with OSHA, has issued a final policy for improving workplace safety for aircraft cabin crewmembers.
That means that while the FAA’s aviation safety regulations will take precedence, OSHA will now be able to enforce certain occupational safety and health standards currently not covered by the FAA.
Aircraft cabin safety issues falling under OSHA’s standards will include information on hazardous chemicals, exposure to bloodborne pathogens, hearing conservation programs, rules on recordkeeping, and access to employee exposure and medical records. The FAA and OSHA will develop procedures to ensure that OSHA does not apply any requirements that could adversely affect aviation safety.
“Our cabin crewmembers contribute to the safe operation of every flight each day,” says FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “We’re taking an important step toward establishing procedures for resolving cabin crew workplace health and safety concerns.”
OSHA says it will initially conduct outreach on the policy and then begin enforcement activities six months six months afterwards.