The agency announced it has renewed its alliance with the Airline Ground Safety Panel to protect more than 350,000 workers who operate aviation ground support equipment. The panel is a joint industry and labor partnership consisting of 11 airlines and three unions that represent about 85 percent of the industry.
During the two-year partnership, the group will develop information that highlights "ways to prevent slips, trips and falls and other hazards while operating ground safety equipment such as hi-lift trucks and pushback tugs," the agency says. "The alliance will also conduct studies to improve the safety of ground personnel and address hazard communications and issues associated with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals."
According to OSHA, the unions involved -- the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, and the Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO -- have praised the alliance.
OSHA's alliance program works with unions, trade and professional organizations, businesses, and other groups to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. They create compliance assistance tools and resources and educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities. OSHA says the alliance program participants do not receive exemptions from OSHA inspections or other enforcement benefits.
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December 10, 2012
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