141 Ground & Flight Safety
GSAP — Ground Operations Safety Action Program
GSAP Report | File a GSAP report immediately if you think you have violated a Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR), have been involved in / witnessed a safety related event or have identified a safety related concern. District 141 endorses GSAP because GSAP is a process for corrective action rather than punishment. United SkyNet sign-in required. With the updated name, GSAP enhancements include: access from home or at work, does not time out while filling in your GSAP. For complete details see Learning Network: ao-gsap-01.
October 28, 2014
Concerns centered on Ebola are very much on our minds, especially as we work with the traveling public and provide cleaning and maintenance on our aircraft. Members of the IAM Joint Air Transport Safety Committee have been very involved in these issues that concern the varied jobs that our members perform, both in the air and on the ground.
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Initial Safety Steps:
As this crisis continues to unfold we will likely learn more about this deadly virus and how to effectively protect ourselves, but there are some basic precautions that you should take:
- Know and understand your company’s policy on protection from blood borne pathogens and follow the policies. Don’t take short cuts “to get the airplane out”.
- The most important thing is to provide a barrier between any bodily fluid exposure and yourself. Gloves (double gloving in some cases may be recommended), eye and face protection and in some cases, disposable coveralls and booties should be worn when needed. (Refer to the latest CDC guidelines)
- After use it is important to safely remove all PPE so that no parts of the body come in contact with any exposed PPE. (The CDC has produced a chart to provide guidance as referenced below).
- Good personal hygiene is also very important. After removing PPE or with any possible exposure to bodily fluids, always wash your hands and any other exposed body parts thoroughly with soap and water. Remove any contaminated clothing. Use of hand sanitizers (60% or more of alcohol) can be used when water is not readily available. It is always a good idea to wash your hands as soon as water is available.
- PPE is provided by your employer. Know what is available, keep it handy and especially – USE it when necessary!
- Use the proper disinfectant that is approved for use on the aircraft or ground facilities and follow the directions as most disinfectants require a dwell time on the surfaces to be effective prior to wiping off.
Your employer has probably provided bulletins and other alerts concerning the Ebola outbreak. The CDC (Center for Disease Control), OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and WHO (World Health Organization) all have a lot of current info on the Ebola virus as well.
Take a few moments to review:
Here are a couple of publications that you might find helpful:
Please continue to reach out to your District Ground or Flight Safety Committee or the JATSC if you have questions.
Have a safe and healthful day,
IAM and AFL-CIO-Affiliated Unions to Coordinate Protocol for Ebola Risk
October 18, 2014
Both the IAM Flight and Ground Safety Committees have been directly involved with employers to discuss their preparedness plans, as well as current policies and procedures to not only protect the flying public, but the safety and health of airline workers.
This includes direct communication and participation in a number of Ebola-specific conference calls with medical departments, emergency preparedness directors and senior management. These discussions and conference calls are ongoing, as new information is available almost daily.
The IAM has expressed a number of concerns, and action is being taken to address those concerns. The IAM has also communicated with its Local Safety Committees, with additional information to be shared as it becomes available.
Yesterday, the IAM also took part in a conference call hosted by the AFL-CIO's Transportation Trades Department (TTD), along with representatives from Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), Transport Workers Union (TWU), Airline Pilots Association (ALPA), Professional Aviation Safety Specialist (PASS) National Air Traffic Controllers Association and various representatives from other aviation industry unions to discuss the Ebola crisis.
It was agreed that a protocol needs to be in place with the various workgroups for their airlines. Personal protective equipment (PPE) along with effective policies and procedures need to be provided to the various work groups on a consistent basis.
Crewmembers need a protocol in place to properly handle a passenger with a contagious disease along with appropriate protections.
Currently the travel ban for passengers from the infected countries in Africa is being considered. Also, an Ebola Czar has been named by the Administration. The TTD will be arranging a meeting with the newly appointed Czar to discuss issues of concern to frontline airline employees, both customer contact and non-customer contact alike.
Also discussed were aircraft cleaning procedures. Specifically, a clearly defined procedure to deal with sick passengers who vomit. An effective blood borne pathogen-cleaning procedure should be in place for all workers.
The IAM will continue to monitor and work towards the safety of all airline workers, being a proactive participant to ensure that employers protect their employees from exposure to all blood borne viruses and hazards, including Ebola.
Safety — Train The Trainer
Just last year, twelve members from IAM District Lodge 141, ten from Local Lodge 1487 Chicago O’Hare and two from Local Lodge 1351 Seattle working at United Airlines, completed the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials 40-Hour Hazardous Material Instructor Train-The-Trainer Course held at Local Lodge 1487 located in Chicago, Illinois.
The Train-The-Trainer course was developed by IAM CREST in cooperation with IAM IAM District Lodge 141 and United Airlines specifically to enhance the required dangerous goods training provided by United Airlines. After successfully completing the course these IAM CREST DOT Associate Instructors will be authorized to deliver Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Awareness Training Course to workers who handle dangerous goods by air.
Training of DOT HMAT Associate Instructors and workers who handle hazardous materials is funded under a grant by the DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration.
I.A.M. C.R.E.S.T. Airlines Grant Liaison: Stephen Rice
IAM CREST Staff: Michael Hinthorn, Joe Abshire and Teri McClendon
IAM District 141 and Local Lodge 1487 Site Coordinator: Douglas Williams
- NASA Aviation Safety Report Form
Occupational Safety & Health Administration, Department of Labor
Center for Disease Control, Department of Health & Human Services
The National Safety Council
- American Society Of Safety Engineers
- American National Standards Institute
141 Safety Committee
The Ground and Flight Safety committee, led by Erik Stenberg, contact info, deals with working safely equipment on the ramp, in stores, customer service and reservations, and with working safely with aircraft equipment.
- Provide a relevant, ongoing safety and health program through the communication and education to make all Members aware of their role in making the workplace a safe environment
- Participate in the investigation of incidents involving Members to reduce the overall incidents rate
- Provide Members with the information necessary to protect themselves and their fellow workers from injuries/illness
- Promote a safe and healthy workplace for Members at every opportunity
District 141 Safety Director
District 141 Ground and Flight Safety Director
Safety – United Airlines
District 141 Safety Director – United Airlines
Safety – US Airways
Ground and flight safety
District 141 Safety Director – US Airways
Safety – Hawaiian Airlines
Ground and flight safety
District 141 Safety Director – Hawaiian Airlines