Establishing and Promoting a Culture of Safety in Academic Laboratory Research
An ad hoc committee will examine laboratory safety in chemical research in non-industrial settings. Practices and attitudes in these settings will be compared with knowledge about promoting safe practices from the behavioral science literature. The study will result in a report, which is anticipated in Spring 2014.
Staffing Needs of Systems Specialists in Aviation
An ad hoc committee will conduct a study of the assumptions and methods used by the Federal Aviation Administration to estimate staffing needs for FAA systems specialists to ensure proper maintenance and certification of the national airspace system.
| ||Improving Self Escape from Underground Coal Mines|
Although recent advances in mining research and practices have improved the safety and health of underground coal miners and extensive rescue strategies are in place, more coordinated planning and training are needed to better prepare miners to escape in the event of a mine emergency.This report recommends essential components for improving miners' ability to "self-escape" using available resources to remove themselves from an underground mine during an emergency. ► Read more
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| ||Assessment of Staffing Needs of Systems Specialists in Aviation|
The report commented on developing a staffing model for the 6,100 workers that maintain the National Airspace System (NAS). The committee evaluated the current staffing models and provided variables that should be included in a model that the Federal Aviation Administration will build to predict the future number of Airway Transportation System Specialists. ► Read more
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| ||The Effects of Commuting on Pilot Fatigue|
The report concludes that there is potential for pilots to become fatigued from commuting, but insufficient evidence to determine the extent to which pilot commuting has been a safety risk. The report then outlines potential next steps, including recommendations for regulatory or administrative actions, or further research by the FAA. ► Read more