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.
Occupational safety and health
Scotland’s Glasgow Airport (EGPF) received a five-star safety rating following an occupational health and safety audit by the British Safety Council. The award was announced after four days of interviews with the airport’s managers and staff, on-site inspection tours and a review of the facility’s safety management system (SMS).
StandardAero’s large transport-category bizliner completions center, Associated Air Center in Dallas has received the state of Texas’ highest award for environmental achievement: the Texas Environmental Excellence Award. AAC received the award for its sustainability initiatives and continuous improvement projects in the reduction and/or elimination of products and processes that use hexavalent chromium as well as the use of LED (light-emitting diode) task lighting within aircraft projects.
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.
In the first nine months of this year, accidents involving both U.S.- and non-U.S.-registered business jets increased from those recorded in the same period last year.
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) will resume contract night helicopter firefighting operations in Southern California next year. The announcement was made recently after the USFS evaluated a study it commissioned that was completed in 2010. That study found that helicopter night operations can mitigate the costs and risks of wildfires by retarding their size.
Three Jet Aviation U.S. operations have met the requirements to establish, document, implement and continually improve their environmental, health and safety management systems in accordance with ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards. The locations that received the internationally recognized certifications are St. Louis; Teterboro, N.J.; and Boston/Bedford, Mass.
The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) has expanded its library of safety tools with 11 new documents for pilots, mechanics and operators. The tool kits and safety leaflets focus on four primary areas the team believes will help reduce helicopter accidents. These include safety management, training, maintenance and equipment/technology.
Forty of the 50 U.S. governors have signed proclamations recognizing the value of aviation to the national and their local, state economy, according to the Alliance for Aviation Across America. The majority of those proclamations–29–have specifically recognized the general aviation industry, which supports more than 1.2 million jobs and has a $150 billion economic impact in the U.S.