NATA, OSHA partner on ramp safety

March 12, 2007, 9:07 AM

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have teamed on a program to reduce and prevent worker exposure to bad weather hazards in and around airport cargo and mail ramp areas, as well as other areas associated with aircraft maintenance operations.

OSHA and NATA’s Airline Services Council agreed to develop training and education programs on inclement/severe weather issues and target those programs to workers throughout airport operating areas across the nation. Both organizations will provide NATA members and others with information, guidance and access to various training resources related to the hazards associated with working in environments of extreme heat or cold, or during hurricanes, tornadoes, electrical storms and so on.

The agencies will focus on the development of case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health, and participate in forums, roundtable discussions and stakeholder meetings that spotlight inclement/severe weather issues and their effect on workers.

Both organizations will develop and disseminate information through various media, including OSHA and NATA Web sites and will also look for opportunities to speak, exhibit or appear at conferences, meetings or other safety events.

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