The OSHA and Airline Group Alliance focuses on providing the Airline Group's members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to amputations (pinch points, caught in or between), falls, struck by objects, and vehicle accidents/collisions while operating beltloaders and tugs (aircraft ground support equipment). The Airline Group signatories are:
Implementation Team Members
*Rob Swick - Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
Bill Willson - OOSA
*Rob Swick served as the Alliance Implementation Team Coordinator until January 2010.
October 28, 2009 - Implementation Team Meeting
April 28, 2010 - Implementation Team Meeting
Outreach and Communication Goals
Preventing Accidents and Collisions Fact Sheet
Through the OSHA and Airline Group Alliance, the Airline Group developed a "Preventing Accidents and Collisions" fact sheet. The fact sheet addresses the best practices for preventing accidents while driving beltloaders. The fact sheet was completed and posted on the on the ATA Web site in February 2010. OSHA established a link from the OSHA and Airline Group Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site to the fact sheet on the Airline Group Web site.
Belt Loader Types and Fundamentals Reference Guide
Through the OSHA and Airline Group Alliance, the Airline Group developed a "Belt Loader Types and Fundamentals Reference Guide." The guide assists in identifying the types, parts, control arm parts for beltloaders. The guide was completed and posted on the on the ATA Web site in February 2010. OSHA established a link from the OSHA and Airline Group Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site to the guide on the Airline Group Web site.
OSHA and Airline Group Alliance Web Page
OSHA continues to update the OSHA and Airline Group Alliance Web page on the agency's Web site. The page includes links to the Alliance agreement and related documents, activities and events, and safety and health resources. During the reporting period, information on Preventing Accidents and Collisions Fact Sheet and Beltloader Types & Fundamentals Reference Guide were added to the page.
The ATA Web site
The Airline Group created and maintains an OSHA and Airline Group Alliance Web page on the ATA Web site (http://www.airlines.org/SafetyOps/Safety/Pages/AirlineGSE.aspx). The page has information on the OSHA and Airline Group Alliance and links to the OSHA Web site. In addition, the Web site hosts resources developed by the Airline Group through the OSHA and Airline Group Alliance including a Preventing Accidents and Collisions Fact Sheet and Beltloader Types & Fundamentals Reference Guide.
OSHA Electronic Tools
Marianne Psipsikas, Sr. Analyst Occupational Health and Safety, JetBlue, continues to server on the editorial boards for the eTools and Safety and Health Topics pages:
The OSHA and Airline Group Alliance Implementation Team was unable to identify an event for the Alliance to support during the reporting period.
Business Partner Safety Meetings
Each of the Airline Group signatories hold regular safety meetings with their business partners. At each of these meetings, the business partners are encouraged to participate in OSHA's cooperative programs such as the On-site Consultation Program.
2010 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 2-8, 2010
On May 2-8, 2010, the Airline Group Alliance and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported the 2010 National Association of Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. Sponsored annually by the American Association of Safety Engineers (ASSE), an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. The theme for 2010 was "Mission NAOSH 2010: Safe Workplaces." Mike Hodes, Senior Safety Analyst, American; Marianne Psipsikas, Sr. Analyst Occupational Health and Safety, Jet Blue; and Nobuyo Sakata, Director of Safety, ATA, attended the event and represented the Airline Group Alliance, which, along with a number of other Alliance Program participants, supported the Week.
Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health Goal
The OSHA and Airline Group Alliance Implementation Team was unable to convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings though the Alliance during the reporting period. The team expects to meet this goal over the next year.
Through the Alliance renewal agreement, the OSHA and Airline Group Alliance Implementation Team will continue to advance its excellent working relationship by collaborating on projects and activities to achieve the goals of the Alliance. The Airline Group completed work on a number of products including:
In addition, OSHA and Airline Group representatives continued sharing their expertise through participation on OSHA's electronic assistance tools' editorial boards and events, including:
|Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)||Number of Individuals Reached or Trained|
|OSHA and Airline Group Web Page site on the OSHA Web site||1,710|
|Airline Group and OSHA Web page on the ATA Web site||Data Not Available|
|OSHA Airline Industry Safety and Health Topics page||8,527|
|OSHA Evacuation Plans and Procedures eTool||68,358|
|OSHA Noise and Hearing Conservation Safety and Health Topics page||42,321|
|OSHA Recordkeeping Safety and Health Topics page||339,845|
|OSHA Safety & Health Management Systems eTool||41,942|
|OSHA Walking/Working Surfaces Safety and Health Topics page||34,267|
Over the next year, OSHA and the Airline Group will continue to work together to provide the Airline Group's members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will reduce and prevent amputations, falls, struck by objects, and vehicle accidents/collisions while operating beltloaders and tugs.
Work will be completed on the following Belt Loader Fact Sheets:
In addition, Airline Group representatives will continue to serve on six eTool and Safety and Health Topics page'seditorial boards and support 2011 NAOSH Week
Finally, the Airline Group hopes to renew the Alliance agreement.
Report prepared by: Bill Willson, Program Analyst, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, September 14, 2010.Back to Top
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