A Wrap Up From Indianapolis

Last week was a busy time for NATA Safety 1st with meetings and seminars being held in Indianapolis, IN. The week began on Tuesday with the NATA Safety 1st Committee holding a regular business meeting and was followed on Wednesday and Thursday by our Line Service Supervisor Training Seminar and the brand new Aviation Management Workshop. All three events were a great success and capped off what has been a fantastic year for Safety 1st meetings and in-person training.

photoNATA Safety 1st Committee
One of the great benefits of the NATA Safety 1st Program is that it originates from you, the NATA members. We work with experts from numerous NATA member companies around the country in charting the direction of the program. The primary way this is accomplished is through the NATA Safety 1st Committee. This member committee is comprised of member company employees with the experience and desire to volunteer some of their time to make sure Safety 1st remains the standard in safety training across our industry. The success of Safety 1st is due in very large part to these dedicated individuals and the work they have put into the program. The great news is, the Safety 1st Committee is always looking for new members! If you have the desire, expertise and willingness, you can be an integral part of the future of Safety 1st. Just shoot us an email at safety1st@nata.aero and we will walk you through the process so you can become a part of this great committee.

photo22013 Fall Line Service Supervisor Training (LSST)
The final LSST of 2013 was a fantastic two-day event that covered everything from fuel handling and quality control to customer service. The attendees had the opportunity to interact with industry experts from Gammon Technical Products, Ascent Aviation and ServiceElements International. New for this LSST, the attendees received hands-on fire extinguisher training from Lt. Ben Dye of the Fairfax County VA Fire Department. The unique thing about the LSST is its blend of technical and soft skills training, everything a supervisor needs to go back to their business and make a difference every day! Stay tuned for more information on training events for 2014.

photo3NEW – Aviation Management Workshop
Many of today’s managers in aviation business began their careers in aviation in a technical field, ether as a pilot, mechanic or even line service technician. As they demonstrated a dedication to excellence, they were promoted up through their company. Now as managers, they need to bring a completely new set of skills to the table, and that is what our newest seminar, the Aviation Management Workshop, was designed to help them do. After speaking with the attendees of this great seminar in Indianapolis last week, we believe we accomplished our goal and established the Aviation Management Workshop as another one of Safety 1st great in-person training offerings. A special thanks to Paul Meyers and Jeff Kohlman from Aviation Management Consulting Group (AMCG) for joining with Safety 1st to bring this workshop to our members!

As we wrap up 2013 over the next three months, we are already turning our eyes to 2014 and planning for the great training events and meetings we will bring you next year. No details yet, but it won’t be long, so continue to check out the Safety Net for more details.

Thanks for reading!

The Safety 1st Team

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NATA Safety 1st Casts Safety Net

Welcome to The Safety Net, NATA’s Safety 1st program blog!  My name is Michael France and I am NATA’s Director of Safety and Training for the Safety 1st program. This blog is a new and interactive way for you, the Safety 1st participant or NATA member, to stay up-to-date with the program. Here, we will share thoughts on safety and training issues, helpful hints, and tips for using Safety 1st training more effectively. You won’t just hear from me either, the rest of the Safety 1st and NATA team as well as a few recognized safety and training experts from across our industry are on board as contributors. We are also always open to new contributors and ideas, so if you have something to say about safety or training, do not hesitate to drop me a note at safety1st@nata.aero.

It is a very exciting time for NATA’s Safety 1st program. As many of you are well aware, we are hard at work updating our Professional Line Service Training program (PLST). We surveyed several hundred Safety 1st trainees and training administrators with the goal of making an already great training program, even better! It is too early in the process to talk about specifics of the update, but be on the look-out in early 2014 for news on next version of the PLST.

Earlier this year we launched the Safety 1st Supervisor Online program, an FAA-authorized training program that meets the fire safety training requirements of Part 139.321. The course has been a hit with NATA members – hundreds of students have already completed it.  This course not only meets the regulatory requirements for a part 139 aviation fuel training course in fire safety, it also helps build the communication and training skills of your supervisors.

In just a few weeks, NATA Safety 1st will be holding two seminars in Indianapolis, Indiana; our Line Service Supervisor Training (LSST), and a brand new seminar, the Aviation Management Workshop –which is presented in conjunction with Aviation Management Consulting Group. The LSST is our most well known seminar.  It includes a wide range of instruction, which is beneficial for new and long-time ramp supervisors. The LSST, much like the supervisor online, is also an FAA-authorized part 139.321 course. However, with the LSST, your staff gets the opportunity to interact with industry experts in the areas of aviation fuel quality control, leadership and training. This year we have upgraded the LSST to include hands-on fire extinguisher training.

The new Aviation Management Workshop is designed to provide a practical foundation for improving your performance as a leader and manager and to help you be more effective every day. This dynamic and interactive workshop is for aspiring, new, and long-time aviation leaders and managers.

To close out this inaugural blog post, we want to make sure that everyone in our industry is aware of the upcoming OSHA deadline for providing your employees training on the 2012 changes to the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard. OSHA is requiring that covered employers (and if you are an aviation business, you are likely covered) must complete this training by December 1 of this year. NATA Safety 1st has scheduled a free webinar for Thursday, September 12 (add the time and link for members to sign up) to provide the basics on what Hazard Communications compliance entails. With the HazCom standard being the second most frequently cited OSHA standard last year, we hope you will have the time to join us for this free webinar.

Thanks for reading!

Michael France

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