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U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Office of Communications
Washington, D.C.
For Immediate Release

OSHA Trade Release
September 12, 2003
Contact: Layne Lathram
Phone: (202) 693-1999

Revised Document Showcases Best Practices

WASHINGTON, DC -- An estimated 50,000 ground employees in the aviation industry will benefit from information contained in the revised version of OSHA's eTool for Baggage Handling, posted to OSHA's website today. The updated eTool is a product of the Alliance among OSHA, thirteen airlines and the National Safety Council's International Air Transport Section that was signed on November 12, 2002.

"This revised e-Tool will provide increased opportunities to educate employers and workers on how to avoid hazards in baggage handling," said John L. Henshaw, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. "Our Alliance with the industry has proven effective in getting real assistance to those who need it."

The eTool has been revised to provide information to help reduce material handling hazards associated with passenger checked baggage and to reflect OSHA's and the airline industry's best practices for lifting and moving baggage. The updated format follows the flow of checked baggage as it moves through the airport, beginning with passenger check-in and ending with taking the baggage from the ramp into the cargo holds of aircraft.

"The eTool that has been developed through the OSHA/Airline Industry Alliance represents a compilation of information that will benefit the entirety of the aviation industry and beyond," said Barry Brown, Director, Corporate Safety & Environment, Southwest Airlines. "It is a positive example of what can be achieved through collaborative efforts of industry and the public sector fostered by the OSHA Alliance Program."

Working together, OSHA and the airlines revised the terminology of the eTool to accurately reflect the aviation industry workplace. In addition, the eTool now lists possible solutions to potential hazards created by handling baggage in awkward positions and limited work spaces. The administrative work practice and engineering solutions are presented based on the ease of implementation and operational and economic feasibility.

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