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National Office Week in Review: July 11, 2017

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NATCA NATIONAL OFFICE DEPARTMENTAL WEEK IN REVIEW June 24 – July 7 , 2017 LABOR RELATIONS DEPARTMENT ELECTRIC VEHICLE SUPPLY EQUIPMENT (EVSE) WORKGROUP NATCA and the FAA recently signed a scoping agreement forming a workgroup, in accordance with Article 121 of the 2016 Collective Bargaining Agreement (Slate Book), to study the feasibility of providing electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) for employees to use on a reimbursable basis at FAA facilities. The workgroup has begun researching the issues and has met several times via conference call. The group will convene for two days in person at NATCA's National Office at the end of July, to begin compiling its report and recommendations on feasibility, as well as examining the structure and application of a potential EVSE program at the FAA. POCs: Assistant Director of Labor Relations Erina Hammond, Devin Carlisto (ZSE), and Landon Hoffbeck (ZMP) . FAA BRIEFING ON AIR ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION SAFETY (AAIS) PROGRAM On June 21, 2017, the Agency briefed NATCA about its intention to implement Order AIR 3900.XX - AIR Accident Invest igation Safety (AAIS) Program. The purpose of this Order is to provide requirements and guidelines to protect Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) personnel from injury, illness, or death while performing work - related activities associated with aircraft accident investigations with or without fatalities. Specifically, the Order outlines the requirements for an effective AIR AAIS Program, and also includes requirements for an effective Respira tory Protection Program (RPP). NATCA has several concerns, including whether BUEs will be able to volunteer to participate in investigations, whether the FAA will reimburse BUEs for personal protective equipment (PPE) that they may need to purchas e directly, whether BUEs will be able to receive vaccinations on duty time rather than sick leave, and whether the Agency will provide boosters for the Hepatitis vaccination. NATCA is working on a MOU to address these concerns. POCs: Ed Chalpin, Mike Odry na, Mike Collins, Scott Odle, and Labor Relations Attorney Suzanne DeFelice . FAA BRIEFING ON AIR BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS PROGRAM On June 13, 2017, the Agency briefed NATCA about its intention to implement FAA Order 3900.XX, AIR Bloodborne Pathogens Program. Under FAA Order 8020.11C, Aircraft Accident and Incident Notification, Investigation, and Reporting, AIR occasionally participates in aircraft accident investigations. FAA Order 8020.11 is being revised, and Chapter 10, which addresses bloodborne pathogen s (BBP) at aircraft accidents and the Exposure Control Plan (ECP), will be removed. As a result, employees will be required to refer to OSHA and organizational

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