One provision of the Congressional FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 required the FAA to develop a policy under which the requirements of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration could apply to cabin crewmembers. The FAA’s aviation safety regulations always take precedence, but OSHA might be able to enforce certain occupational safety and health standards currently not covered by FAA oversight.
“Under this proposal, flight attendants would, for the first time, be able to report workplace injury and illness complaints to OSHA for response and investigation,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Issues could include exposure to noise and blood-borne pathogens, and better access to information on hazardous chemicals.
The FAA and OSHA will continue to identify any additional conditions where OSHA requirements could apply as long as suggestions do not affect aviation safety. A 30-day comment period is now open.