The IAM, with the help of three courageous Delta Flight Attendants, today filed a Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to determine the safety of Delta Flight Attendant uniforms. NIOSH will respond to our request within 10 days.
NIOSH, based on our request, will evaluate our uniforms and determine if they pose a health hazard. Upon its findings, NIOSH will issue a report which will be shared with all interested parties.
In a recent communication, “Onboard with Allison,” Senior Vice President of Inflight Service, Allison Ausband, sugar-coated the seriousness of our uniform problem and claimed that the complaints are from “a small number of Delta’s 64,000 uniformed employees.”
The truth is, we have no idea how many employees have complained, and how far reaching this problem is. That is why we are seeking an independent federal agency to intervene. And, we are receiving reports from many Delta Flight Attendants that they fear retaliation from Delta management if they were to report their adverse health reaction/s due to our uniforms.
Some Flight Attendants have even been removed from the line. Some have been given the option to wear a black suit. Some are just not reporting and dealing with varied health issues rather than risk losing the job they love.
What we do know is that there is a serious problem that Delta Flight Attendants did not cause, and it is a problem that needs to be addressed by an entity other than Delta management.
Please click here to for HHE FAQs: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/faq.html
Please click here to submit a RASH REPORT, if you are suffering an adverse health reaction from wearing your uniform: http://www.iamdelta.net/rash-report/
We will keep you apprised of the next steps in this process.