Airline employees, including ticket
agents and ramp agents, handle passenger baggage at several
points throughout the baggage handling process. The body
postures, repetitions, and forces required to lift, lower,
push, pull, or carry passenger baggage can create potentially
serious ergonomic hazards for the agents.
This eTool was developed as part of the OSHA-Airlines
Industry and National Safety Council’s International
Air Transport Section Alliance. This eTool describes
many of the common hazards associated with the baggage
handling process as well as providing possible solutions
that are ranked according to their feasibility to the
operations. See Ergonomics
for general solutions.
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They include recommendations for good industry practice
that often go beyond specific OSHA mandates. The recommendations
proposed may not be be applicable to each airline. As
indicated in the disclaimer,
eTools do not create new OSHA requirements.