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Jobs in Aviation Ltd - Privacy Policy

Why do we have a Privacy Policy?

It is really important to us that we keep any personal information that you give to us safe and secure and whilst we realise that it is not the most interesting of subjects, we would encourage you to read our Privacy Policy as it gives you important information about your personal information and your rights.

Our website provides a platform that can be used by job seekers to find jobs and for employers to advertise vacancies and look for suitable candidates. You can set up your own account and have complete control of the personal information that you give us and what we do with it.

We will always be open with you and so we have written this policy to tell you:

  • What personal information you can give us
  • How we may use your personal information (if you agree)
  • Who we work with to provide your account and our website
  • Where we keep your personal information
  • How long we keep your personal information
  • How we keep your personal information safe
  • Your choices and rights

This website is owned and operated by Jobs in Aviation Ltd. When you have any comments or queries about this website please contact us at jobs@jobsinaviation.com and a HUMAN will reply.

We last updated this Privacy Policy on 13.04.18.

Personal Information you give to us

Setting up an account or using our website

You may provide us with the following information about yourself:

  • your name and address
  • your contact details including email address and telephone number
  • other information to allow us to provide the services you have requested
  • your CV/details relating to your qualifications and experience
  • what sector you are interested in
  • what jobs you are applying for and have applied for previously

Other times you can give us personal information

You can give us information when you:

  • Set up an account on our website
  • Apply for a position that we are advertising on behalf of an employer
  • Submit a CV to our website
  • Sign up for our newsletter (blog notifications)
  • Sign up for a job alert email
  • Save a job
  • Comment on a blog
  • Contact us via email or by telephone for any reason

Cookies

Cookies are text files that sites store on users' computers. They make sites easier to use. They don't do anything to your own computer (they can't run software or send viruses).

As said, our cookies are used to improve your experience of our site.

We don't follow or track your own personal movements on the site. It provides us with information that isn't personally identifiable. And it also allows us to make your experience of the site better. For instance, when you hit Apply and have to register, you might want to land back on the page you started on.

Remember that you may be able to set your cookie preferences via your browser. But be aware that many sites may not work properly, or as easily, once you do this.

To find out more read our Cookies Policy.

How we may use your Personal Information

With your agreement, we may use your personal information:

  • to process your request to be added to our CV database
  • to pass on to an employer where you have told us you wish to apply for a specific position
  • to pass on to employers looking for candidates like you where you have given us permission to do so
  • to pass on to recruitment agencies who are seeking to fill positions that you have indicated to us that you are interested in and you have given us permission to do this
  • to fulfil any contracts you have entered into with us
  • to tailor the services that we offer to you with your needs and interests
  • comply with our legal obligations
  • to tell you about changes to our services or website
  • to help us develop our website to make it better for all users
  • to get your feedback on our website and services
  • to administer our website (such as troubleshooting, data analysis, research)
  • to keep our website safe and secure

Our legal basis for using your information

The law only allows us to use your personal information in certain limited circumstances. We have listed these below and what information they allow us to process.

1. With your consent

With your agreement we may:

  • set up an account on our website
  • process your request to be added to our CV database
  • provide your details to an employer where you have told us you wish to apply for a specific position
  • provide your details to employers looking for candidates like you
  • to pass on to recruitment agencies who are seeking to fill positions that you have indicated to us that you are interested in and you have given us permission to do this

2. When we have a contract with you

We may use your information to comply with a contract that we have entered into with you:

  • to provide the services you have requested
  • to administer and provide the website (such as troubleshooting, data analysis & research)
  • to tell you about changes to our website or our services
  • to help us (or our software developers) improve the website

3. Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests

We may provide you with marketing information about our own products and services similar to those that you have purchased or enquired about (unless you tell us to stop).

4. To comply with a legal obligation

We do this when we have to comply with legislation such as tax laws.

Our Marketing

We may provide you with information about products, services, special offers, and other news where we feel these may interest you.

Depending on what contact information you have given to us, we may contact you by email or post. We will only do this where you have consented to receiving such information from us.

You can opt out of such marketing at any time and If you wish to do so, please email us at jobs@jobsinaviation.com.

Working with other organisations

Employers and Recruitment Agencies

With your consent we will make available your 'CV Profile' with hiring employers and recruitment agencies. If you want to see the current list of employers and recruitment agencies, please see here.

When you submit your information you are given a choice as to whether you want your details to be visible to companies advertising on our website, our options are:

  • By selecting hiring organisations to contact you we will allow employers and recruitment agencies to view your CV Profile if they are looking for candidates for positions that you have indicated to us that you are interested in.
  • By selecting to 'Hide' this option your information will only be visible to the company whose job you have applied for and yourself and the staff of Jobs in Aviation Ltd for administrative purposes.

We are not a recruitment agency and we provide our website and services to you free of charge to allow a simple and easy way to access your future job. As such we do not have any control over how an employer or recruitment agency deals with your information once they have downloaded it from our database and they make their own decisions as to what to do with your personal information. We do ensure that any organisation who accesses your information has signed up to terms and conditions requiring that they deal with your information safely and securely and that they comply with the General Data Protection Regulation and any subsequent UK legislation.

If you have indicated to us that you wish to apply for jobs overseas, then we may provide your information to organisations who are not subject to the same data protection legislation that we have in force in the UK. In these cases, we only deal with organisations who have agreed to deal with your information in line with GDPR and UK legislation.

Other third parties

In order to provide your account and our website we may have to allow our trusted partners to have access to your personal information. These organisations include:

  • Our business partners, suppliers and sub-contractors for the performance of any contract we enter into with them or you
  • Our website developers who need to see your information in order to keep our website up and running

We work with the following organisations:

What laws we may have to comply with

We may have to disclose your personal information to third parties:

  • If we sell our business in which case the personal information that we hold will be part of the transferred assets
  • If we are required by law, or in order to enforce or apply our terms of use. This includes exchanging information with other organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction

Third Party Privacy Policies

Our site may contain links to websites owned by other organisations. If you follow a link to another website, these websites they will have their own privacy policy.  We suggest that you check the policies of any other websites before giving them your personal information as we cannot accept responsibility for any other website.

Where we keep your Personal Information

Storage of Personal Information

We are committed to ensuring that our suppliers have appropriate technical, administrative and physical procedures in place to ensure that your information is protected against loss or misuse. All personal information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers or on secure servers operated by a third party located in the EEA.

All third parties who provide services or software to us are required to sign a contract requiring them to have appropriate technical, administrative and physical procedures in place to ensure that your information is protected against loss or misuse.

Retention of information

We will store your CV Profile (name, email, employment history etc) for as long as you wish us to.

At any time you can login to add to it, edit it or remove it completely.

After a year of first registering a process will start to regularly remind you that you are storing your file with us.

As soon as there has been a period of 12 months since you last logged in we will:

  • a. automatically 'Hide' your CV Profile (even if you originally consented to it)
  • b. email you*
  • c. make it clear how you can add to your CV Profile (to add new qualifications, update your recent employment records etc), edit your details or remove everything completely
  • * if your email no longer receives we'll delete your records since you won't be able to log in to do it yourself or receive our notices that it needs updating

Plus, we will email you 6 months after you last logged in to remind you to hide your CV Profile if it is still visible.

And we will stay in touch to remind you that you are using the site to store your CV Profile for future easy use throughout your entire career.

If we do not have hear from you (if you do not login), we will delete your account after 5 years.

Emails

If you chose to send us information via email, we cannot guarantee the security of this information until it is delivered to us.

Your rights

Access to your information

You have the right to access information that we hold about you. If you wish to receive a copy of the information that we hold, please contact at [Data queries Email] or write to us at the address above

Changing or deleting your information

You can ask us at any time to change, amend or delete the information that we hold about you or ask us not to contact you with any further marketing information. You can also ask us to restrict the information that we process about you.

You can request that we change, amend, delete your information or restrict our processing by emailing us at jobs@jobsinaviation.com

You can also login to see all the information you have given us about your career profile to do the above yourself, at any time.

Right to prevent Automated decision making

You have a right to ask us to stop any automated decision making. We do not intentionally carry out such activities, but if you do have any questions or concerns we would be happy to discuss them with you and you can contact us at jobs@jobsinaviation.com

Transferring Personal Information

You have the right to request that your personal information is transferred by us to another organisation (this is called "data portability"(. Please contact us at [Data queries Email\ with the details of what you would like us to do and we will try our best to comply with your request. If may not be technically feasible, but we will work with you to try and find a solution.

Complaints

If you make a request to us under this Privacy Policy and you are unhappy with the response, you can ask for the request to be reviewed under our internal complaints procedure. Our internal complaints procedure allows your request to be reviewed by Managing Director who will do their best to try and resolve the issue.

If you have been through the internal complaints procedure and are still not happy with the result, then you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office. They can be contacted as follows:

Website: www.ico.org.uk

Telephone: 03031231113

Address:

Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House, Water Lane
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF

Changes to our Privacy Policy

We review our Privacy Policy on a frequent basis to check that it accurately reflects how we deal with your information and may amend it if necessary. You should check this page regularly to see the most up to date information.

How to Contact us

We welcome questions, comments and requests regarding this Privacy Policy which can be sent to jobs@jobsinaviation.com

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Health and Safety Issues in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering

Health and Safety Issues in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering

If you are interested in aircraft engineering, a good place to start looking for aircraft engineering jobs is in the field of aircraft maintenance. As with most new jobs you consider, there are a few health and safety issues you should know about before you pursue a job in the field.

We will start with a brief overview and then move into a more specific look at a few health particulars before looking at some safety issues as well.

Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics do experience rates of illness and injury that are somewhat higher that the national average. As they work on aircraft, they often must lift heavy objects, operate power tools and handle chemicals that can be dangerous. Noise and vibrations are common, so they take precautions such as wearing ear protection and brightly colored vests so everyone can see them. They also may work up in the air on scaffolding or ladders so they can reach the aircraft.

Health Risks

Because many people in aerospace engineering jobs regularly work non-typical hours, their risk of physical and psychological impairments (or disease) is greater than any normal risk assumed by a typical day worker. This risk likely comes from the physical and psychological stress that is a common result or work-related schedule disruptions of a worker’s biological functions such as sleep, a social life and a family.

Because aircraft engineering is a critical safety function with a direct link in the chain of events that could lead to any kind of aircraft incident, the connection between health and safety and shift work should be addressed by everyone involved.

Effect of shift work on health

To sustain operations at a high level, many aircraft companies have to maintain an around-the-clock (24/7) maintenance schedule for their aircraft engineering jobs. Personnel who work in this system will have different shift patterns and time schedules that can lead to various psychological disorders, including the following:

Fatigue and Sleepiness

Working different shifts can cause issues with circadian (around a day) rhythms. Your internal body clock can become desynchronized as your sleeping and waking cycle changes, and a primary result of this can be a contributing factor to fatigue and sleepiness at work.

Sleep is main bodily function that shift work disrupts – many bodily processes such as temperature, blood pressure and heart rate are at their lowest at night, so it’s not really surprising that personnel who work at night and sleep during the day often report that neither activity is going very well. They may have difficulty falling asleep during the day because they are trying to sleep when their body wants to be awake, so they are at odds with their circadian rhythm. Because work and personal schedules often conflict, shift workers rarely ever adjust fully to their shift work schedules.

Psychological/Emotional Disorders

Another common issue with shift work is the psychological and emotional distress that can accompany shift work. This is consistent with what we said above about the effects of sleep disruption. This psychological distress can be a primary reason why many people end up leaving shift work.

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Gastrointestinal disorders are the most common health complaint of shift workers such as aircraft maintenance personnel. These issues include constipation, heartburn, gas, irregular bowel movements and appetite disturbances.

Cardiovascular Disorders

Various studies have reported a relationship between shift work and cardiovascular disease, including an increased risk of cardiovascular disease in shift workers who work especially in groups. Some of the difficult effects of this shift work that can lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease include the mismatch between your circadian rhythm and your sleep, problems with your family and social life, increased alcohol and tobacco consumption and more.

Other Individual Factors

Once they get past the age of about 50, shift workers such as aircraft engineers find greater difficulty in changing their sleep and wake cycles. Aging people find a decrease in “deep sleep” and an increase in “light sleep.” Also due to the psychological effects of aging, coping with the pressure of shift work becomes more difficult after the age of 50.

Guidelines for Good Practices

There are ways to mitigate the negative effects of shift work for airline personnel. These efforts include the following:

Daily Limits

The performance of personnel in aerospace engineering jobs varies greatly as shifts are extended, so you should make sure your company adheres closely to regular time schedules in order to avoid issues caused by fatigue. Shifts generally last eight hours, which can be extended if needed, but working longer than 12 hours should be avoided if at all possible. Airline maintenance personnel should also make sure to obtain adequate rest between their work shifts.

Breaks

Fatigue that builds up over your shift can be partially alleviated by making use of breaks. Working a long period of time without any break can lead to more fatigue and more incidents, so this should be avoided.

Longer Limits

Residual fatigue can accumulate over several weeks and months even when you have rest days, so putting a limit on what can be done over a long period of time (and allowing for vacation) is important.

Limits on Night Shifts

Good evidence exists that risk for problems increases at night by about 30 percent compared to day shift workers. This risk increases when you work more than one night shift in a row, so the number of continuous night shifts should not be more than two. Night shifts should also be followed by at least two days in a row of rest.

Pleural Cancer

Another health-related risk for personnel in aircraft engineering is an increased mortality rate for pleural cancer. Maintenance employees who do repair work, including those whose primary responsibility includes maintenance of the landing gear section and the brake replacement section are prone to asbestos disease (pleural mesothelioma).

A variety of toxic substance have been used in past aircraft construction, including materials that contain asbestos in various aircraft components. From 16 to 23 percent of asbestos (by weight) can be found in brake units.

Now that we have covered some health issues, let’s turn to safety for aircraft maintenance engineers.

Safety Issues

The hazards and risks that you can find in regard to maintenance work on aircraft are very similar to those you would find in the construction industry. There are a few additional risks specific to the airline industry, including the non-linear shape of the aircraft you are working on, and the importance of avoiding damage to the outer surface and structure of the plane.

It is incumbent on every employer to make sure their access equipment is safe (as far as is reasonably practical) for employees to use. Practical, suitable and effective measure should always be taken to keep anyone from falling any distance that could cause them any personal injury.

A variety of different equipment is used to allow workers access to the aircraft upon which they must perform maintenance. This includes work platforms that are suspended especially for aircraft refinishing work, decking that is customized to fit certain areas of the plane (or the whole thing), docking that can be adjusted in both profile and height (i.e. for the nose, tail, etc.), different kinds of scaffolding, mobile elevating work platforms, towers and steps.

These obviously pose various safety issues. Special docking equipment is also available to minimize risk. This is expensive equipment, but it provides safe access so it can be matched closely to the contour of the plane. Such systems may even be part of the hangar structure and used in various horizontal and vertical combinations.

It is more common, though, to use custom scaffolding and docking, which are usually viewed as permanent mobile structures.

Staying Safe

One of the biggest issues in providing safe access to aircraft is the need to follow the rounded (i.e. not straight) body shape of the plane. You must pay strict attention to detail to make sure there are not any dangerous gaps between the plane and the working platform.

All working platform edges from which personnel could fall any distance liable to cause personal injury should include edge protection. The plane itself usually provides protection on at least one edge.

Openings in the plane’s fuselage (such as doors and cargo holds) should either include edge protection or be kept closed. Straps are not suitable as protection. Edges from which tools and materials could fall should also include toeboards for the protection of those beneath. The gap between the plane should also be as narrow as possible, and it should never be large enough for people or objects to fall.

You should always keep scaffolding and all platforms stable, and you should be able to provide evidence that you have performed strength and stability calculations. Access to scaffold and decking should be internal, strong enough to hold the weight of materials and fitted with trap doors. In some cases, you should also have a prepared plan in place to assemble, use and dismantle the scaffolding. An emergency means of escape should also be considered so that personnel have more than one way to get down should an incident occur.

These are just a few of the health and safety issues that you will deal with as an aircraft maintenance engineer, whether you start with an aircraft engineering apprenticeship or whether you have been in the business for decades. The need for good health and safety never takes a break, so you should always take proper precautions. If you do so, you will be healthy and safe, and you can have a long, productive career in aircraft engineering.

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