FAA Finalizes Policy on Sharing Regulation of Flight Crews with OSHA
In December 2012, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published a draft policy statement in the Federal Register for public notice and comment on the regulation of some occupational safety and health conditions affecting cabin crew members on aircraft in operation by OSHA. That policy can be found athttp://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/ashp/media/OSH-standards-aircraft-cabin-crewmembers.pdf. On August 27, FAA published a notice that the policy had been adopted. The notice outlines the comments the FAA received on the policy. That notice can be found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-27/pdf/2013-20841.pdf. Under the policy, OSHA standards on hazardous chemicals, exposure to bloodborne pathogens, hearing conservation programs, recordkeeping, and access to employee exposure and medical records will apply to cabin crews. FAA retains responsibility for flight crews in operation. The OSHA news release can be found at http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/osha/OSHA20122373.htm.