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NIOSH Testimony on Flight Attendants and Airport Ground Crew Workers Before the Subcommittee on Government Activities and Transportation, House Committee on Government Operations by J. M. Melius, August 16, 1980.


PB90193681

Publication Date 1980
Page Count 12
Abstract Testimony concerned the occupational health and safety problems of flight attendants and airport ground crew workers. Flight attendants have frequently reported respiratory problems including cough, chest pain or tightness and palpitations. They have noticed increased prevalence of reproductive problems including menstrual difficulties, miscarriages, and birth defects. They also complain of frequent headaches, swollen ankles, back pain, and other musculoskeletal problems. Many hours at high altitudes may subject these workers to increased radiation and ozone (10028156) exposures. They may also be exposed to carbon-monoxide (630080) and hazardous components of jet exhaust and cigarette smoke. They were subject to frequent changes in cabin pressure, to an atmosphere of low humidity, and to continual vibration and noise. They experienced frequent time zone and schedule changes and must lift and move heavy objects in confined quarters. Studies of the ground crew workers have concentrated on baggage handlers, fuelmen, warehouse and air freight personnel, ramp workers, and airport and aircraft maintenance personnel including welders, electricians, mechanics and other skilled craft workers. Studies concerned with safety, noise, jet fuel and jet exhaust, radiation, weather conditions, and other problems of these occupations were discussed.
Keywords
  • Environmental surveys
  • Industrial medicine
  • Aviation personnel
  • Flight crews
  • Occupational diseases
  • Radiation hazards
  • Safety
  • Noise(Sound)
  • Airborne wastes
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Inspection
  • Hazardous materials
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Indoor air pollution
  • Testimony
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 41I - Job Environment
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
  • 85A - Air Transportation
Corporate Authors National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH. Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 199012
NIOSH Testimony on Flight Attendants and Airport Ground Crew Workers Before the Subcommittee on Government Activities and Transportation, House Committee on Government Operations by J. M. Melius, August 16, 1980.
NIOSH Testimony on Flight Attendants and Airport Ground Crew Workers Before the Subcommittee on Government Activities and Transportation, House Committee on Government Operations by J. M. Melius, August 16, 1980.
PB90193681

  • Environmental surveys
  • Industrial medicine
  • Aviation personnel
  • Flight crews
  • Occupational diseases
  • Radiation hazards
  • Safety
  • Noise(Sound)
  • Airborne wastes
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Inspection
  • Hazardous materials
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Indoor air pollution
  • Testimony
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 41I - Job Environment
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
  • 85A - Air Transportation
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