OSHA/FAA RELATIONSHIP IS ALREADY AT ISSUE—THE SECRETARY LA HOOD SLIPPERY SLOPE

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ARTICLE: The FAA; the Joint FAA/ OSHA Aviation Safety and Health Team; and MOU: Amend 14 CFR 121.467 to Increase Flight Attendant Minimum Rest to 10 hours

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Less than a week ago, the Secretary of Transportation issued a statement which announced that the FAA was ceding certain jurisdiction over the regulation of the work safety of flight crews to OSHA. While the statement limited the areas of OSHA’s authority, the wording allowed that future new areas in which the FAA might defer to the other agency were not prescribed.

It was observed in the JDA Journal (the above link) that such ambiguity would likely result in efforts to further reduce the FAA’s jurisdiction. It was further noted that such subsequent iterations would test this new cooperative relationship.

BINGO—the attached link is a petition to request that OSHA set a limit on the number of hours which a flight attendant may work. That is an area in which the FAA has been actively involved for many years and is squarely within the aviation safety jurisdiction.

Secretary LaHood you put the FAA’s jurisdiction on a slippery slope.

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