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.
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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.
In an effort to align its standards with much of the world, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued changes in the way it will require the labeling of hazardous materials in the future. These changes will conform to the U.N. standard or globally harmonized systems of classification and labeling of chemicals (GHS) and will affect all U.S. aircraft operators and service providers. They involve a series of new pictograms on the labels of potentially hazardous chemicals as well as a new format for safety data sheets that must accompany all hazardous chemicals.
New work rules governing occupational safety and health conditions for cabin crew will become effective September 26. The new rules will apply to anyone working aboard any aircraft that legally requires a cabin crewmember, whether operating under Part 121, 135 or 91 rules.
Flight departments will have a new federal regulation to contend with regarding hazardous materials. New regulations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Osha) mandate the training of thousands of flight department employees by December 1 to educate them on how to identify and protect themselves from hazardous chemicals used in the workplace. The Hazard Communication Standard will be fully implemented in 2016.
NBAA has warned the FAA of the “specter of additional oversight and regulation of business aircraft operations” stemming from the agency’s proposal to allow Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) oversight of aircraft cabin workplace safety issues.
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.
Charleston S.C.-based Advanced Aircrew Academy now offers two international procedures training options as well as a new OSHA training course for aircraft maintenance technicians and pilots. International procedures training can be accessed through the company’s online distance-learning system or in classroom sessions conducted at the customer’s facility.
Executive Jet Management (EJM) has earned a much-coveted star for safety. Well into the implementation of a newly organized safety management system, the Cincinnati-based charter and aircraft management company has earned the Star Participant designation in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s voluntary protection program (VPP).
“Targeted guidelines” and “tough enforcement” are two key elements of a comprehensive voluntary plan from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) “to dramatically reduce ergonomic injuries,” according to Labor Secretary Elaine Chao. “This plan is a major improvement over the rejected old rule because it will prevent ergonomics injuries before they occur and reach a much larger number of at-risk workers.”
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