ATA Offers OSHA-required Training Online

 - August 21, 2013, 12:17 PM

Aviation Training Academy (ATA) has launched an online training program directed at FBOs, corporate flight departments, municipalities, fueling agents, line service technicians and mechanics. New regulations, under the globally harmonized system (GHS) of classification and labeling of chemicals, adopted by OSHA mandate that employers must have their employees trained on the new GHS label elements and safety data sheet format. The move affects thousands of flight department employees who must be in compliance by December 1.

DeborahAnn Cavalcante, an ATA partner, told AIN, “The course is a revision of an existing course we’ve been teaching online to bring it into conformity with the international standards. Anyone who handles hazardous materials or is involved in their transportation must comply. This includes, but is not limited to, mechanics, pilots and line service personnel.”

The interaction can be unexpected, Cavalcante emphasized. “For example, it could be as unanticipated as an aircraft landing at an FBO with a medical incident on board that included bloodborne pathogens or medical equipment of that nature. Or even the simple act of loading dry ice or some sort of chemical cargo for transport. Anyone who becomes a part of the chain of custody would be required to have this training.”

Completion will result in the issuance of a certificate saying they are in compliance.

According to Cavalcante, ATA’s program takes approximately three hours to complete. Participants are given user identification, password and an access link to the course that is in effect for six months. The program allows students to log on as often as desired, so they can study when time permits.

“Each individual registers for a personal account that supports individual course records showing compliance in the event of an audit by OSHA or the FAA,” she said. “The course curriculum includes material on the new documents, formatting, labeling, signal words and pictograms of the GHS to understand the system.”

The cost per student is $89.95.