Factsheet to help protect airport workers from air pollution

The ITF has produced an air quality factsheet to strengthen aviation unions’ efforts to combat air pollution at airports, which is a serious and overlooked work-related threat. Workers working close to exhaust from aircraft engines and diesel engines in airports are exposed to a complex mixture of potential health damaging air pollutants. The main concern […]

November 11, 2016

ITF civil aviation unions lobbying over the big issues at the ICAO Assembly

ITF civil aviation unions from across the world are lobbying their governments on key worker and industry issues at ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization)* 39th Triennial Assembly, in Montreal. The ITF presented two working papers and two information papers during the Assembly which began on 24 September. Civil aviation representatives from governments are a large […]

October 3, 2016

ITF to strengthen work on cabin air quality and aviation FOCs

The ITF is stepping up its ability to oppose aviation flags of convenience (FOC) and fight for safe cabin and airport air quality, the federation told delegates at its cabin crew committee meeting in London on 26-27 February. Participants were informed that the ITF had established a new air quality working group, which met for […]

March 16, 2015

What is aerotoxic syndrome? (telegraph.co.uk)

By Camilla Turner It is an illness caused by exposure to contaminated air in aircraft – known as a “fume event”. Commercial passenger jets have a system that compresses air from its engines and uses it to pressurise the cabin. However, this can malfunction, causing excess oil particles to enter the supply. The term “aerotoxic […]

February 24, 2015

ITF launches air quality working group

The ITF air quality working group will hold its inaugural meeting at ITF House in London on 27 February to review proposals to address the problem of contaminated air on commercial aircraft and at airports. The ITF has long recognised the negative implications for flight safety and workers’ health of exposure to engine oil fumes […]

February 17, 2015

Civil Aviation Section creates an Air Quality Working Group

On 12 November, the Section Committee of the ITF decided to establish an Air Quality Working Group to more powerfully and systematically raise awareness and find solutions to poor air quality in aircraft and at airports. The ITF has long-recognised the negative safety and health implications of exposure to engine oil fumes on commercial and cargo aircraft. Airline […]

November 21, 2014