By A. Scott HeckerBrent I. Clark, Adam R. Young, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: On December 28, 2020, the Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, announced a final rule governing the “Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Over People.” This new rule could lead OSHA to push for increased use of drones in its inspections.
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By Brent I. Clark and Craig B. Simonsen

Private jet plane in the blue skySeyfarth Synopsis: The FAA has gotten closer to a conceptual model for the safety management system requirements and standards that will be required for certified airports.

At the World Safety Organization International Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health Symposium this week we attended a session on the Federal Aviation Administration’s recent
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By Kay R. Bonza and Craig B. Simonsen

Private jet plane in the blue skySynopsis: EPA’s recent finding paves the way for the Agency to develop standards regulating greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft. Businesses in the commercial jet manufacturing and aviation transportation industry should watch this rulemaking closely, as it will affect environmental compliance costs and may have an impact on the cost of capital purchases
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By James L. CurtisMeagan Newman, and Craig B. Simonsen

shutterstock_150166427The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently completed a Memorandum of Understanding (December 1, 2015), which will permit the sharing of information under the anti-retaliation provision of the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR21),
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By Ilana R. Morady, Kerry M. Mohan, and Craig B. Simonsen

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration have just adopted a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to implement their joint policy that will allow OSHA to enforce its bloodborne pathogen, hazard communication, and hearing conservation standards in aircraft cabins during flight operations (not including the
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By Brent I. Clark and Meagan Newman

Today, the FAA, working in conjunction with OSHA, issued a final policy for improving workplace safety for aircraft cabin crew.  The new FAA regulations will take precedence over OSHA regulations that cover the same or similar hazards, though some OSHA regulations will continue to apply.

“This policy shows the strength of agencies working
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By James L. Curtis, Meagan Newman, and Craig B. Simonsen

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), together with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), recently proposed a new policy for addressing flight attendant workplace safety. While FAA aviation safety regulations ordinarily take precedence, the FAA is proposing that OSHA enforce certain occupational safety and health standards not currently
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By Lee Braem and Ilana R. Morady

Seyfarth attorney Ilana Morady, along with Lee Braem, Senior Corporate Counsel at Evonik Dugussa Corporation, published an article, “Hazardous Material Enforcement is Spilling Into Unexpected Areas,” in the May 2012 issue of ACC Docket. In the article, the authors discuss how the types of materials that can be “hazardous” under


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