Medical Matters

Medical Matters

Medical Matters are of paramount importance in air traffic control. It is well known that controllers are medically screened prior to beginning an ATC career in accordance with international medical requirements given in ICAO Annex 1, and as prescribed by national regualtion.

The controller occupation is known to be stressful, conducted as shift-work and with a considerable amount of electronic equipment at the working positions. Stress and shift-work are known to have adverse effect on health in a general way. Radiation from electronic equipment has a biological effect, but any possible health consequences from this are not yet scientifically established.

Furthermore, Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMS) are becomming an integral part of any ATS system. It is well documented that some factors can affect human performance, such as: motivation, personality and attitudes, communication. But fatigue has definitely a prominent role to play this list of factors, as highlighted by the provisions on the management of fatigue contained in Amendment 50B of ICAO Annex 11 – Air Traffic Services; those provisions have an applicability date of November 5, 2020. (ICAO, 2018)

These are just a few examples that demonstrates the importance of medical matters in ATC.

 

MEDICAL MATTERS AND ATC LICENCE

Besides the many medical aspects having specific effects on air traffic control, there is also a number of challenges related to the link that exist between an ATCO licence and the medical certification that allows the controller to exercise the privileges of its licence. For instance, medical matters require in-depth studies and research in order to obtain answers to the following questions:

  • Observe the most common medical reasons why controllers lose their licences;
  • Research possibilities for using medication to “control” the effects of illness to the extent that a license can be held or regained;
  • Search for information on possible links between working environment and illness;
  • Investigations into possibly dangerous working environments.

 

What falls under Medical Matters?

As said previously, the domain of Medical Matters is vast. As regards air traffic control, it encompasses inter alia the following aspects:

  • Ocular diseases and ocular fatigue;
  • Substance abuse in ATC;
  • HIV and AIDS in air traffic control;
  • Legal rights of pregnant ATCOs;
  • Colour vision and air traffic control;
  • Cognitive processes;
  • Mental fitness;
  • Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM);
  • Effects of night shifts;
  • Medication and air traffic control;
  • Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMS);
  • Ageing controllers;
  • Hypoxia-related issues;
  • ATCOs with disabilities;
  • Electromagnetic hypersensitivity;
  • Sleep apnea and obesity.

For more information, visit one of the following WIKIFATCA pages:

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  1. Air Traffic Controllers’ Physical Fitness Programme
  2. Annual Report of Sub-Committee Medical
  3. ATCOs with Disabilities
  4. Counselling as a Means of Reducing Stress Among Air Traffic Controllers
  5. Critical Incident Stress Management – Guidance Material
  6. Critical Incident Stress Management – Update of IFATCA Policy on Stress
  7. CRT/VDU Work When Pregnant
  8. Draft Convention for the Profession of Air Traffic Controllers
  9. Electro Magnetic Hyper Sensitivity
  10. Elements of FRMS Model
  11. Fatigue in ATC
  12. Fatigue Management in Air Traffic Control
  13. Fatigue Risk Management Systems
  14. Female ATCOs and Shift Work
  15. HIV and AIDS in Air Traffic Control
  16. Information Handbook
  17. Intimidation of the Air Traffic Controller
  18. Investigate the Mechanisms for Dealing with a Critical Incident/Accident
  19. Legal Rights of Pregnant ATCOs
  20. Loss of Licence
  21. MED 9.1.1 GENERAL
  22. MED 9.2.1 EFFECTS OF MEDICINE, DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
  23. MED 9.2.10 VIGILANCE DURING OPS SHIFTS
  24. MED 9.2.2 OCULAR PROBLEMS
  25. MED 9.2.3 STRESS AND STRESS MANAGEMENT
  26. MED 9.2.4 CRITICAL INCIDENT STRESS MANAGEMENT
  27. MED 9.2.5 FATIGUE IN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL
  28. MED 9.2.6 WORK AS ATCO WHEN PREGNANT
  29. MED 9.2.7 SUBSTANCE ABUSE IN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL
  30. MED 9.2.8 HIV AND AIDS IN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL
  31. MED 9.2.9 ATCOS WITH DISABILITIES
  32. Medical Effects of Night Shifts
  33. Medical Research on Ocular Diseases
  34. Medication and Air Traffic Control
  35. Night Shift Paralysis in Air Traffic Control
  36. Nightshift Policy and Fatigue Management
  37. Ocular Disease and Ocular Fatigue Due to the Working Environment in ATC
  38. Policy Review on Medication
  39. Report of Sub-Committee Medical
  40. Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on the ILO
  41. Report on Committee C
  42. Review of ILO Conclusions
  43. Review Policy on Stress Management
  44. Sleep Apnea and Obesity
  45. Specific Medical Matters
  46. Stress in Air Traffic Control
  47. Study Hypoxia Warning
  48. Study on the Correlation Between Compensation for Loss of Licence, Early Retirement Programme, Medical Checks, Proficiency Checks and Conditions of Employment
  49. Substance Abuse in ATC
  50. Terms of Reference – SC4 Human and Environmental Factors in ATC
  51. The Fountain of Wellbeing
  52. The ILO Meeting of Experts on Problems Concerning Air Traffic Controllers
  53. Work and Rest Scheme

Last Update: September 19, 2020  

October 27, 2019   173   superman    WIKI  

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