OSHA issued a final rule, effective Jan. 1, 2015, updating the appendix of industries that, because they have relatively low occupational injury and illness rates, are partially exempt from reporting requirements. Aircraft technician, maintenance and hangar operations (which are currently not exempted) remain absent from the revised exemption list.
Occupational safety and health
Peerless Electronics is now distributing the full line of Master Lock aviation safety products, including the new aircraft circuit breaker lockout/tagouts. The S2329 Master Lock aircraft circuit breaker lockout prevents accidental re-energizing of an electrical system by locking a circuit breaker in the “off” position. They assist in FAA and OSHA compliance for lockout/tagout (aircraft LOTO) systems. S2329’s universal fit accommodates long or short aircraft circuit breakers, with or without collars and with three- and six-prong power receptacles.
The U.S. helicopter safety team (USHST) has begun a recruitment drive to convince more helicopter safety experts to join its efforts to reduce accidents and fatalities in the industry. The USHST comprises members from both industry and government focused on safety management, training, maintenance and safety technology.
Australian minerals institute AusIMM awarded its Jim Torlach Health and Safety Award to the Flight Safety Foundation for its Basic Aviation Risk Standard (Bars) program, which was designed to audit aircraft operations that are used extensively for carrying mining company personnel. The institute noted the Bars program raised the level of minimum acceptable standards for aircraft operations worldwide. Bars consists of four components: risk-based international aviation standard, auditing program, aviation safety training programs and global safety data analysis program.
Naasco Northeast (Booth No. 1433) emphasized the availability of its Mercury Mod-Phase Two starter generator upgrade at Heli-Expo 2014 in Anaheim.
“A higher-flow fan brings the cooling air down about 70 degrees lower than the original Mercury Mod, introduced 19 years ago,” Naasco vice president Jim Leslie told AIN. Work began two years ago on Mercury Mod 2, with Naasco working with engineers at Sikorsky on the S-76.
One man and his team think they may have an answer to the problem of over-reliance on automation by pilots who are insufficiently trained to handle an aircraft when the technology falters.
Western Aircraft received the OSHA Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (Sharp) award, for its safety and training. This year marks the seventh year in a row the company received the honor.
Sharp recognizes employers with fewer than 250 employees who operate excellent safety and health management systems. Sharp is one of the highest awards OSHA can give to a small company.
Aircare Solutions Group is offering a compliance addition to flight department training programs so they can quickly meet the new requirements set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The new hazard communication standard (HCS) requires all associates in the flight department and supporting departments to be trained in changes to hazardous material labeling identification by December 1.
Advanced Aircrew Academy (Booth No. C8529) announced new course offerings here at NBAA 2013. Advanced will offer a new training module on Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS-B) that is fully compliant with FAA guidance including AC 90-114.
An MQ-1 Predator UAV supported firefighters in their efforts to control the huge California Rim Fire in August-September, according to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI). The company noted that the UAV’s more-than-24-hour endurance offered a “value-added capability” over helicopters, which ground commanders had relied on previously but are required to refuel every two hours.
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