Air, Safety, Health, & Security Committee (ASHS)

For assistance, contact any member of your Air, Safety, Health, & Security Committee at ASHS@spiritafa.com. The email address will reach ALL SAFETY REPS. You can find a list of Committee Members on your Local Council Committees page.  For your convenience, a list of Committee Chairs and links to the Local Committee lists are below.

ASHS CDC/Travel Alerts

The Air, Safety, Health, & Security Committee (ASHS) works with the company on matters related to cabin and Flight Attendant safety, health, and security. 

  • Acts in an advisory role to the LEC Officers on safety matters
  • Studies local air safety and health problems and prepares recommendations to be presented to the LEC Officers for consideration
  • Reviews material, handles correspondence, and keeps the local members well informed of current safety developments. Provides information to the Communications Committee for inclusion in Local Council communications.
  • Prepares recommendations to be presented to the LEC Officers and MEC Chair for review and consideration.

The ASHS is available to help you with:

  • Concerns or reports of safety, health, or security hazards on board the aircraft and in other work locations
  • Situations involving Death on board, Bio-Hazard, BBP, and Diversions
  • Add any questions or concerns on Section 20 in the CBA

What To Do If You Think You’ve Been Exposed To Contaminated Ventilation Air

Being prepared and knowing what to do if fumes are coming from the air supply vents (an oil or hydraulic fume event) can help you and your crew get the help you need as quickly as possible.  Here’s what to do if you encounter fumes (unusual odors) with or without smoke/haze:

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You can also visit the AFA International Aircraft Air Quality website for more information.

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The duties and responsibilities of AFA-CWA the Flight Attendant Air, Safety, Health, and Security Committee

Objectives of Committee Members

  • Promote the goals of the committee
  • Have knowledge of and adhere to the current AFA-CWA Constitution and Bylaws (C&B). Especially note the Policies for Air Safety Standards in the C&B Policy Manual, Section VII
  • Acts as an advisor to the MEC and LEC elected officers on the safety, health and security matters
  • Monitor and process safety concerns of all types and conduct any surveys as may be necessary
  • Reviews materials, handles correspondence, and ensures dissemination of safety information and developments the member flight attendants through newsletters or reports of meetings
  • Keep your respective elected officers informed about all committee activities
  • Communicate with your respective safety chairs and committee members
  • Attend local council meetings to highlight safety committee activities and promote the committee
  • When attending meetings or functions on behalf of AFA-CWA, the member shall make every effort to positively participate in all activities associated with such meeting or function
  • They are responsible for assisting the Safety Chairperson in solving safety problems by gathering relevant information as well as by making Chairperson in documenting and discussing problems with management.

MEC ASHS FAQs

For All Team Member injuries while on DUTY here are steps to follow to assist in the process for your Workers Compensation, Claim with ESIS Workers Compensation Insurance, your supervisor and Spirit.  Report all injuries to a Supervisor on Duty 954-756-5080 or contact your supervisor. They will send an email to your Spirit Email. Review it and follow the steps.

  1. Call Med-Aire at 480-379-1941
  2. Complete the Workers Compensation Injury Reporting Worksheet that is emailed to your Spirit email.  
  3. Return this form to: inflightSOD@spirit.com, Esisclaims@tnwinc.com TeamMemberinjuries@spirit.com HRLOA@Spirit.com , and your Base Supervisor via email.  A screenshot can be sent via your phone.  You may also hand it directly to an Inflight Base Supervisor within 48 hours of reporting the injury.  
  4. For your initial treatment and assessment go to the clinic or hospital as directed my MedAire.  An Inflight Supervisor, Crew Scheduling or MedAire Crew Support can arrange transportation.
  5. A list of affiliated clinics is available on the ESS website and included with the email from the SOD
  6. Once ESIS Workers Compensation Claims office is notified of your injury and reviews your claim a claim number will be generated for you.  This may take up to 48 hours.
  7. You will also receive an ESIS Authorization form in the email from the SOD with the ESIS Billing information you will provide this to the medical facility.  Do not your personal insurance.
  8. After the initial visit and any subsequent visits, you will be provided with a physician’s activity status report (discharge papers or work with limitations).  This must be signed by the Doctor who treated you and be sure it states whether you are “Fit to Fly” as a passenger only, working crew or need follow up care. Screen Shot this paperwork and send that paperwork to the inflight team via the email inflightMOD@spirit.com & hrloa@spirit.com. You can also request the Medical Facility fax a copy of the paperwork to Human Resources Leave Administration office at 954-447-8079 before leaving the facility.  
  9. If you have any trips you will be missing while you are out for treatment let HRLOA know your pairings so they can remove you.
  10. IF the release paperwork states “Follow up with Primary Care” it means that when you return to base you must visit a Concentra to get cleared to return to work.  Your supervisor or the SOD will assist with this.
  11. If treatment is scheduled; Follow the physician’s treatment plan and go to all appointments as scheduled.
  12. Stay in contact with your ESIS adjuster and/or nurse handling your claim.
  13. If you don’t need to see a doctor, but are concerned about your health, you can always call MedAire Crew Support 480-379-1941 for a “fit to fly” evaluation.  They will send this evaluation directly to the Inflight Team.
  14. Once released from MedAire Crew Support, a Concentra Urgent Care, Hospital or Doctor contact crew Scheduling immediately so that they can plan and adjust your schedule and/or secure transportation to a crew hotel.  
  15. All updated Workers Compensation information can be found on the ESS Website.  Menu>myself>company info. Items found on ESS include; Affiliated Clinics, Authorization Form for treatment, Employee Responsibility and a WC Injury Report.
  16. Reach out to your local Reps for additional assistance and be sure to file your Safety Report at http://www.spiritairsafety.com .

Turbulence and Your Safety

What is Turbulence?

When the air turns choppy — perhaps when warm air is rising through cooler air, or a mountain range disrupts air currents — the plane rises and falls, like a yacht on a heaving sea. It won’t knock a plane out of the sky or even flip it. But at the moment, it can feel like the end of the world.  Winter weather and climate change are factors for turbulence and each of us needs to be prepared.

When the CA turns on the seatbelt sign or makes the announcement for FA’s to take their jumpseats,  all flight attendants need to immediately STOP what they are doing. STOW anything that is out. SECURE themselves in their jumpseat: strapped in.  The Lead should then call the CA for information.  Once the call is made and the CA has informed you of the severity a decision can be made if compliance needs to be conducted. If you are doing service, try to return to the galley as quickly as possible. You may not have time to deliver that cup of ice.  An announcement may be made to discontinue service until it is safe. The carts, when full, can weigh up to 400 pounds and cannot be wedged as securely in our wider aisles as before.  What if you need to sit on the floor and hold on? Who is now holding the cart? Do you want that cart flipping on you? If you are standing in the galley eating or chatting, this vision does not reflect the severity of turbulence to the passengers watching you. They know the seatbelt sign is on when they get up, our FAR requirement is to remind them the seatbelt sign is on. Your fasten seat belt announcement is sufficient.

Our FAM (7.9) states that 3 levels of turbulence intensity can be encountered.  It also states “The seatbelt sign is a method of communicating information to the flight attendants as well as the guests”  It also states what to do in Anticipated Turbulence (7.91) and Unanticipated Turbulence (7.92). The most important factor is to cease all duties and secure yourself in your jumpseat or first available seat.  During moderate turbulence, the FAM states, “If possible conduct a compliance check.“

 

Anytime we leave our galleys all bins need to be closed and latches they should be secured. Cleaning up an unsecured galley should be the last thing you need to do. 

 

During Turbulence:

  • Suspend ANYcabin service immediately if turbulence exceeds minor levels and strap-in immediately.
  • Contact Captain for clearance to resume cabin service.
  • Be sure to complete a FAIR if turbulence prevents a full service to be completed.
  • Complete a Safety Report if a Flight Attendant is injured.
 

The most important fact to remember you are in charge of your SAFETY first and then your crew and passengers.  Your safety and the safety of our passenger is always #1.  Please use good judgment when conducting cabin service and compliance checks.  Be aware of turbulence.

MEC Air, Safety, Health, & Security Committee (ASHS)

MARI-RENE ALU

MEC AIR, SAFETY, HEALTH, & SECURITY COMMITTEE CHAIR

Took Office: July 1, 2017  
Term Expires: June 30, 2020
“In August 2014, I filled out a commit to serve on the LAS ASHS team and attended initial training.  Safety is the reason we are on the aircraft and ASHS, will go to any length to protect and fight for our fellow Flight attendants. I am thankful for the mentors who have guided this committee in the past. My initial reason for being on this committee and a part of AFA-CWA was Human Trafficking, but I have learned Safety touches every aspect of our job as Safety Professionals and Aviation’s First Responders,  AFA-CWA has set our foundation and continues to fight for all of us.”
AFA GO TEAM QUALIFIED

Your Local Committees  are AFA representatives within each Local Council who are available to assist you. 
Contact information for each Local Committee is below for your convenience.

LOCAL 73 LAS REPS

Trevor Terrell - LEC 73 ASHS Chair

"I am proud and honored to serve as your LEC73 ASHS Chair. I have always been passionate about the Safety and Security of my fellow coworkers. I strive to utilize my prior Safety Management experience in positions I held in the US Army and also in Aerospace Manufacturing Environments to ensure those I work with go home safe and healthy after each and every shift. I am also a Commercial Rated Pilot and utilize my training and experience to improve our safety in the cabin. Safety is amazing because it brings us all together and keeps us accountable for our actions. The actions of one can affect all of us. Your Vegas ASHS team is here to support you!" AFA GO TEAM QUALIFIED

Malia Helper - LEC 73 ASHS Rep

"I have been with Spirit since April 2012. I have chosen to volunteer my time to help us be represented honestly and fairly. I am your LAS Hotel Chair and ASHS rep. I will do my best to answer any questions you may have. Thank you for allowing me to represent you!"

Mark Wallace - LEC 73 ASHS Rep

"I joined our AFA in 2017. Safety effects all of our duties on the A/C. Our initial safety training sets the foundation - Safety First!"

Your Local Committees  are AFA representatives within each Local Council who are available to assist you. 
Contact information for each Local Committee is below for your convenience.

LOCAL 74 DFW ASHS REPS

Allyson Hoyt - LEC 74 ASHS Chair

"Allie is a private pilot and aircraft mechanic who has been steeped in safety culture her entire aviation career. She decided to join AFA after witnessing people outside of the union misrepresent the nature of fume events based on an incorrect understanding of how jet engines and aircraft pneumatic systems work. She is passionate about ensuring that flight attendants are aware of all their available resources and the potential safety pitfalls of their working environment."

Victoria Craft - LEC 74 ASHS Rep (Environmental Standards)

"I got involved in with AFA after a serious air quality incident. I have educated myself and work closely with the MEC Chair, MX, and Spirit Safety department to keep our FAs educated and safe."

Tim Hopkins Spirit AFA-CWA Local 74 President

Tim Hopkins - LEC 74 ASHS Rep

"I originally was an ASHS rep in local 78 (FLL) until I transferred to DFW (which was apart of 78), I became the DFW base liaison. I wanted this new local to get off on a good start and felt my decades of experience in there Aviation industry would be of value." AFA GO TEAM QUALIFIED

LOCAL 76 ACY/DTW ASHS REPS

Your Local Committees  are AFA representatives within each Local Council who are available to assist you. 
Contact information for each Local Committee is below for your convenience.

Billie Hammerle - LEC 76 ASHS Chair

"I have been an Air, Safety, Health, and Security Representative for AFA here at Spirit for approximately 7 years. Identifying problems and working to find solutions to keep us all safe at work is why I volunteer my time."

Shabriel Vazquez - LEC 76 ASHS Rep

"I love the people!"

Your Local Committees  are AFA representatives within each Local Council who are available to assist you. 
Contact information for each Local Committee is below for your convenience.

LOCAL 77 ASHS REPS

VACANT - LEC 77 ASHS Rep

Click here learn more about the position. Ready to apply? Click "Submit Your Commitment To Serve" above!

Your Local Committees  are AFA representatives within each Local Council who are available to assist you. 
Contact information for each Local Committee is below for your convenience.

LOCAL 78 FLL/MCO REPS

Joseph Stocks - LEC 78 ASHS Rep

"I joined because I want to help others like I was helped when I was in need. I also want to be the change."

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