Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Airline Ground Safety Panel (AGSP)

The U.S. Department of Labors Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Airlines for America; Alaska Airlines; American Airlines; DAL Global Services, LLC; Delta Air Lines, Inc; International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers; JetBlue Airways; Menzies Aviation; SkyWest Airlines; Southwest Airlines; Transport Workers Union; Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO; United Airlines; and US Airways (collectively, the Airline Ground Safety Panel - formerly the Airline Group) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and the Airline Ground Safety Panel hereby renew in part the Alliance signed May 20, 2008, with a continued emphasis on injury prevention for Ground Personnel. Specifically, each organization is committed to providing Airline Ground Safety Panel members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). Through the Alliance, the organizations will continue to address injury causes (i.e. slips/trips/falls, struck by objects, and caught-in-between) and other related issues while operating aviation ground support equipment. In addition, the Airline Ground Safety Panel will address hazard communication hazards and issues related to increasing awareness of the Global Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and the Airline Ground Safety Panel recognize that OSHAs State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

Raising Awareness of OSHAs Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives

The Airline Ground Safety Panel intends to work together to achieve the following goals related to raising awareness of OSHAs rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:

  • To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
  • To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on topics that impact Ground Personnel to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

Outreach and Communication

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHAs and Airlines for Americas Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHAs or the Airline Ground Safety Panels conferences, local meetings, or other events.
  • To develop and disseminate case studies on topics that impact Ground Personnel and publicize their results.

OSHAs Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as raising awareness of OSHAs rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, training and education, and outreach and communication. These Alliances have proved to be valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance participants. By entering into an Alliance with a party, OSHA is not endorsing or promoting, nor does it intend to endorse or promote, any of that partys products or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives of each organization will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least three times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA team members will include representatives of the Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States and OSHA On-site Consultation Projects participation on the team.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years. Any signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 days written notice. This agreement may be modified at any time with the written concurrence of all signatories.

Signed this 10th day of October, 2012.

David Michaels, PhD, MPH
Assistant Secretary of Labor for
Occupational Safety and Health

Rob DeLucia
Vice President, Labor & Employment
Airlines for America

Tom Nunn
Vice President of Safety
Alaska Airlines

Lisa Gibbs
Director Employee Safety
American Airlines

Ken Hylander
Senior Vice President, Corporate Safety,
Security and Compliance
Delta Air Lines, Inc.

John Hatten
Vice President Safety and Compliance
DAL Global Services, LLC

Michael Flynn
Director, Occupational Safety and Health
International Association of Machinists
and Aerospace Workers

Captain Craig T. Hoskins
Vice President and Chief Safety Officer
JetBlue Airways

Christopher SanGiovanni
Vice President Operational Support and
Compliance - Americas
Menzies Aviation

Steve Black
Managing Director of Safety and Quality
SkyWest Airlines

Scott Halfmann
Vice President, Safety and Security
Southwest Airlines

Edward Wytkind
Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

Ed Watt
Director, Safety and Health
Transport Workers Union of America

Michael Quiello
Vice President Corporate Safety
United Airlines

Captain Paul Morell
Vice President, Safety, Security &
Environmental Programs
US Airways