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Flight attendants may gain OSHA protections

9:02 PM, Nov 30, 2012   |    comments
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(CNN) - You may not know this, but flight attendants lose the federal workplace safety protections they have on the ground the minute they board a plane.

Now, that could all be changing.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, known as OSHA, are proposing to share responsibility for flight attendants' safety on aircraft.

For the first time, flight attendants would be able to report workplace injuries and illnesses to OSHA, ending a 37 year era in which the F A A claimed sole jurisdiction for cabin safety.

Flight attendants say the proposal will benefit them and passengers since it allows OSHA to investigate concerns about airplane air quality.


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