OSHA Inspection Program Targets Air Traffic Control Towers

The safety of airport traffic control tower personnel is the focus of an inspection targeting program titled "Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Traffic Control Tower Monitoring Program," which monitors how workers clear a control tower in case of fire and other emergencies. The inspection targeting program, conducted by OSHA, examines FAA's air traffic control towers' provision of safe means of egress, or exit, for workers at FAA-owned and -operated towers.

The program requires FAA to bring towers into compliance with the alternate standard for egress and fire safety. OSHA inspectors will inspect randomly selected towers to determine if FAA is meeting this requirement.

Current guidance based on FAA's alternate standard allows for a single exit route where the building size, occupancy level, type of construction, and workplace arrangement is such that all workers would be able to evacuate safely during an emergency. The standard also includes requirements such as incorporating fire detection and alarm systems, fire suppression equipment, and emergency action plans. The standard currently covers 386 towers, of which 190 have been certified by FAA as being in compliance.

"This agency's fundamental responsibility is to protect workers from unsafe workplaces," said acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Jordan Barab. "Those who work in airport traffic control towers risk their safety if exit routes are not in place in the event of a fire. OSHA recognizes the importance of this inspection program and is confident that monitoring compliance with this standard will result in fewer worker injuries and deaths."

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