With Independence Day just a week away, temperatures are on the rise across the country and some areas have already seen record-breaking heat this summer. Although OSHA does not have specific regulations concerning the management of employee heat stress, the General Duty Clause of the 1970 OSHA Act has been used to cite employers that have allowed employees to be exposed to potential serious physical harm from excessively hot work environments.
In a 2001 Letter of Interpretation, OSHA notes that the following “feasible and acceptable methods can be used to reduce heat stress hazards in workplaces”:
- Permitting workers to drink water at liberty;
- Establishing provisions for a work/rest regimen so that exposure time to high temperatures and/or the work rate is decreased;
- Developing a heat stress program which incorporates the following:
- A training program informing employees about the effects of heat stress, and how to recognize heat-related illness symptoms and prevent heat-induced illnesses;
- A screening program to identify health conditions aggravated by elevated environmental temperatures;
- An acclimation program for new employees or employees returning to work from absences of three or more days;
- Specific procedures to be followed for heat-related emergency situations;
- Provisions that first aid be administered immediately to employees displaying symptoms of heat-related illness.
OSHA has also created a page where employers can find more information on occupational heat exposure.
Additionally, NATA offers, as part of its Safety 1st program, an OSHA training module on heat stress. This online training module:
- Explains how your body handles heat
- Helps employees understand how hot environments increase likelihood of accidents
- Explains how and why your body cooling system may fail
- Identifies the types of heat-related illnesses
- Explores the environment factors and unique personal factors causing heat illness
- Reviews the basic preventative measures to reduce the risk of heat stress
NATA would like to congratulate two members who are Safety 1st Qualified for recently becoming IS-BAH Registered: Texas Jet and I.A.M. Jet Centre, Jamaica!
Click here to read about I.A.M. Jet Centre’s accomplishment.
Click here to read about Texas Jet’s accomplishment.
Check out the FBO / Ground Handling Status Map to see who else is Safety 1st Qualified and/or IS-BAH registered.
To get more information about the IS-BAH program, please visit www.nata.aero/safety1st.
This week, NATA unveiled the FBO Status Map — a web-based resource to assist aircraft operators in locating FBOs and ground handlers that are Safety 1st qualified and IS-BAH registered. NATA created the map to supplement the existing processes used by aircraft operators when selecting an FBO.
“Safety is a vital consideration in the flight planning process. NATA’s FBO Status Map provides operators and pilots a free, easy to use tool to locate Safety 1st qualified and IS-BAH registered FBOs throughout the world,” stated NATA President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks.
“Safety 1st and IS-BAH are not competing programs, but rather complementary tools that help assure ground handlers are utilizing industry best practices and gold standard training,” added NATA Managing Director of Safety and Training Michael France. “Now aircraft operators can verify the status of potential handlers from their tablets, PCs or smartphones in seconds.”
The map is searchable by airport ID, company name, address and allows for additional details for each FBO.
This week, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) released the Safety 1st General Aviation Misfueling Prevention Program – a free, online-based awareness program for pilots, line service professionals, FBO general managers and customer service representatives.
NATA, recognizing the need for an industry-wide misfueling prevention resource, developed the program to conform with standards from the Energy Institute and the NATA Safety 1st Operational Best Practices. The program consists of four different misfueling informational tracks, resources and certificates of completion.
NATA thanks the AOPA Air Safety Institute and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association for their assistance in producing this program. Additionally, the program was funded by grants from Eastern Aviation Fuels, EPIC Aviation, Phillips 66 and others.
The misfueling prevention program and additional resources can be found at www.preventmisfueling.com.
In celebration of NATA’s 75th Anniversary, we will hold a monthly contest for our members to win special giveaways throughout 2016. This month you can win a free Safety 1st online training course. In order to be entered in the January drawing, you must:
1. Follow the Safety Net blog by email or through your WordPress account.
The winner will be randomly selected Friday, February 5, 2016.
Q. I have a student that doesn’t work at our operation any more. How can I take him/her off my training rosters, reports or All Students page?
A. The Administrator has the ability to make any employee Inactive, which removes the employee from all rosters and the “All Students” page.
- After logging in as the administrator, click on the student’s name so it’s highlighted.
- Then, press the “Edit Student” button, select the drop-down status field and change from active to inactive, then save.
- To review or reactivate any student (while logged-in as the administrator) scroll to the far right of the page, change the drop-down selection to inactive. This page will show all inactive records. From here, you would follow step 2 (above) and simply change the status to active and save.
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NATA Safety 1st Team – Louis Soares