Air Safety, Health & Security

Air Safety, Health & Security

AFA’s Primary Role:  Representing, protecting, and supporting the Flight Attendants. The committee shall work with management on matters pertaining to cabin and Flight Attendant safety and health. The Safety Chair shall be the primary contact with management, the FAA, and the Air Safety, Health and Security Department at the AFA-CWA International office.

MEC Chairperson

Local Chairpersons

Council 60
Position Open
Council 62
Position Open
Council 63
Hope Cervantes
hcervantes@calafa.org
Council 64
Paul Dunham
pdunham@calafa.org


Inflight Safety Action Program (ISAP)

The Inflight Safety Action Program (ISAP) launches March 31, 2014. ISAP is safety partnership between United Airlines, the Association of Flight Attendants and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Benefits & Goals of ISAP:

  • Self-disclose inadvertent Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) or company violations
  • Identify safety events, and to implement corrective measures that reduce the opportunity for safety to be compromised.
  • Voluntary, cooperative, non-punitive environment for the open reporting of safety concerns.
  • Using safety reporting systems like ISAP help us to better understand how and why a particular safety incident occurred.
  • Improve the safety of the work environment onboard the aircraft.

IOR vs. ISAP: What’s the difference?
An Irregular Operations Report (IOR) is filled anytime a Flight Attendant needs to report safety, medical and security incidents. The IOR replaced the previous incident reporting method, paper OSIR reports found on board the aircraft. Flight attendants are required to report any incident involving customers or crewmembers that is out of the ordinary and/or may require follow-up by the company- in other words, IORs are not a voluntary means of reporting incidents. To file an IOR, go to Flying Together–>Inflight Services–>Safety&Security in order to find more information, file a new report, as well as view previously submitted IORs.

An Inflight Safety Action Program (ISAP) report is different in that it is a voluntary way for Flight Attendants to self disclose inadvertent FAR or company violations. ISAP reports may be filled by visiting http://www.calafa.org/afa/committees/safety and clicking on “Submit an ISAP Report”. Additionally, ISAP reports may be filled by visiting  the same page on Flying Together that you would in order to file an IOR. Benefits of ISAP include:

  • Identify safety events, and to implement corrective measures that reduce the opportunity for safety to be compromised.
  • Voluntary, cooperative, non-punitive environment for the open reporting of safety concerns.
  • Using safety reporting systems like ISAP help us to better understand how and why a particular safety incident occurred.
  • Improve the safety of the work environment onboard the aircraft.

Links:

ISAP Handbook acrobat_small_transp
ISAP Quick Reference acrobat_small_transp
ISAP 101 acrobat_small_transp

ISAP Memorandum of Understanding acrobat_small_transp
FAA Advisory Circular acrobat_small_transp

ISAP Newsletters

April 2014 ISAP Newsletter acrobat_small_transp


Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA-book-thumbAFA’s Air Safety, Health and Security Department has published a manual acrobat_small_transp for AFA members.

In coordination with MEC leaders and safety chairs, AFA will continue to work with the FAA, OSHA and the airlines to help Flight Attendants understand their right to safe, healthy cabin workplaces. We must be vigilant to ensure that airlines comply with the relevant OSHA standards, including Flight Attendant training requirements. We will help to hold the industry accountable for documenting their programs, training workers, mitigating hazards, and making the aircraft cabin a safer, healthier workplace.

The following OSHA regulatory protections apply to Flight Attendants:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens – Protects from exposure to blood or other infectious substances;
  • Noise and Hearing Conservation – Protects from workplace noise exposure;
  • Hazard Communications – Requires employee access to information on chemical hazards.

AFA booklet for Flight Attendants: The Rules Are Changing: How New OSHA Protections Will Affect You acrobat_small_transp

More information for cabin crew: www.osha.gov/faa/index.html

OSHA publishes new fact sheet on protecting workers who may be exposed to Ebola virus

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OSHA has released a new factsheet, based on existing guidance from OSHA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to help employers select appropriate personal protective equipment for workers who may be exposed to the Ebola virus. The fact sheet, “Personal Protective Equipment Selection Matrix for Occupational Exposure to Ebola Virus,” includes a PPE matrix that covers examples of common exposures, which include direct contact with blood or other potentially infectious body fluids; contaminated objects, materials, and surfaces; and exposure to bio-aerosols that may contain Ebola virus particles.

Employers are responsible for identifying hazards to which their workers may be exposed; providing appropriate PPE to protect them; and training them on when and how they must use it, and how to dispose of or decontaminate the equipment. The matrix is not intended to prescribe PPE for every worker or exposure or discuss all PPE options. In some cases, OSHA’s matrix may be more protective than CDC guidance for specific worker groups or tasks.

Visit OSHA’s Ebola page for more information on how employers must protect their workers from the Ebola virus, as well as from exposure to harmful levels of chemicals used for cleaning and disinfecting (PDF*).


Useful Documents & Links:

AFA-CWA Air Safety, Health and Security Department (ASHSD)
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA fights exclusively to improve conditions that affect the safety, health and security of flight attendants. The AFA-CWA Air Safety, Health and Security Department (ASHSD) provides full-time staff support in Washington, DC for the AFA-CWA Safety Committee chairs and members and is responsible for solving problems that cannot be solved at the carrier level.

NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center
The Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) is part of the National Weather Service and is one of the nine National Centers for Environmental Prediction.  It is the nation’s official source of space weather alerts, watches and warnings.  SWPC provides real-time monitoring and forecasting of solar and geophysical events which impact satellites, power grids, communications, navigation, and many other technological systems.  SWPC also explores and evaluates new models and products and transitions them into operations.  SWPC is also the primary warning center for the International Space Environment Service and works with many national and international partners with whom data, products, and services are shared.

US Embassies
Websites of U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions

US Embassy Emergency Contact Telephone Number Lis

KEY MESSAGES – EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE, WEST AFRICA acrobat_small_transp