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Airline Industry and the National Safety Council (NSC), International Air Transport Section

(signed November 12, 2002; renewed April 21, 2004; renewed May 31, 2005; renewed June 14, 2006; concluded November 12, 2006)

Signatories are:

  • Air Canada
  • Airtran Airways
  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • American Trans Air
  • Continental Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Jetblue Airways
  • Midwest Express Airlines
  • Southwest Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • U.S. Airways
  • National Safety Council, International Air Transport Section

Through the OSHA and Airline Industry Alliance, the organizations will use their collective expertise to help advance a culture of prevention while sharing best practices and technical knowledge, especially in the area of ergonomics and the issues related to handling passenger checked baggage. The Alliance's goals include:

Training and education:
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop an industry training manual (referred to as a training module in the Alliance signed 11/12/02), for employees on the handling of checked baggage and make it available, without charge, to the aviation industry, OSHA, and other interested parties.
Outreach and communication:
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information, e.g. OSHA's Baggage Handling eTool and the Airline Industry Safety & Health Topics page.
Promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings and hare information with interested parties on issues including ergonomics to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues, including conducting an informational seminar with and disseminating information to regulatory agencies, international organizations and other interested parties, both domestically and internationally.

Related Documents

Alliance Agreements
Alliance Annual Reports
Alliance News Releases

Activities and Events

  • November 5-9, 2006: 2006 National Safety Congress and Expo, San Diego County Convention Center, San Diego, California.
    • November 8, 2006: Lee Anne Jillings, Director, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA, and airline representatives from the OSHA/Airline Industry Alliance presented "Baggage Handling in Today's World."
  • September 18-22, 2005: National Safety Congress and Expo, Orlando, Florida.
    • September 21, 2005: NSC/OSHA/Airlines Ergonomics Alliance, Lee Anne Jillings, Director, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, USDOL-OSHA, and airline representatives from the OSHA/Airline Industry Alliance, presented an update of the Alliance. [More...]
  • September 10-17, 2004: National Safety Congress and Expo, Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, Louisiana.
    • September 13, 2004: OSHA/Airlines Industry Ergonomic Alliance (PPT*), Lee Anne Jillings, Director, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, USDOL-OSHA, and airline representatives from the OSHA/Airline Industry Alliance, presented an update of the Alliance. [More...]
  • September 5-12, 2003: National Safety Council Congress and Expo, McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago, Illinois.
    • September 10, 2003: OSHA/Airline Ergonomic Alliance for Baggage Handling (PPT*), Lee Anne Jillings, Director, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, USDOL-OSHA, and airline representatives from the OSHA/Airline Industry Alliance, presented a review of the Alliance. [More...]
    • September 9, 2003: Update on Some of OSHA's Recent Activities, John Henshaw, former-Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA, updated the National Safety Council Congress on the recent activities of OSHA. Following his speech, Mr. Henshaw signed the OSHA/National Safety Council Alliance.
    • September 9, 2003: OSHA Updates (PPT*), Paula White, Director, Cooperative and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA, participated on a panel with other OSHA Directorate heads and updated the attendees on OSHA's cooperative programs, including Alliances, the Voluntary Protection Programs, Strategic Partnerships, the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program and Consultation.
  • June 4, 2003: VPP Seminar, Delta Air Lines, Technical Operations, Atlanta, Georgia. As part of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)/Airlines Industry Alliance, Delta Air Lines hosted a Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Seminar. Representatives from 16 airlines, including American, Jet Blue, United and US Airways, 12 ground-support business partners and other industries attended the meeting. [More...]

Products and Resources

OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages
OSHA eTools
OSHA eTools

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