MEC Safety Committee Update

Feburary 12, 2020 by Bryan Grosvold ASHS MEC Chair

Novel Corona Virus Update

Wanted to share some information with Flight Attendants about the Novel Corona Virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Situation Summary for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus remains a good source of up-to-date information on the rapidly changing situation.

AFA is calling on all airlines to institute emergency measures immediately, including providing crew members the latest information regarding the 2019-nCoV outbreak, identification of signs/symptoms of illness (in oneself and others), and procedures to manage potentially ill persons – utilizing information from relevant U.S. authorities including the CDC, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and international authorities including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

We are also encouraging airlines to adopt AFA recommendations from our Communicable Disease Incident Response Checklists. We will provide additional updates as more information is available. We will continue to press airlines for action on this as we work to keep aviation’s first responders, our counterparts in the flight deck, and our passengers safe and healthy. 

Question : I don’t have any gloves onboard. Who do I ask to get more?

Answer : Please request more from your fleet partners after the aircraft arrives and they should provide you with additional gloves.

If they cannot provide additional gloves be sure to submit a report of which station has no additional gloves to restock the aircraft.

Question : What happens if you become sick?

Answer : Please utilize the existing policies found in the CBA Article 9 Sick leave. Please also advise via the Unions website report an issue to inform the union.

Click this link to go to the Communicable Disease Incidence Response Checklists