WC 8.3.2 WORK AND REST SCHEME

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WC 8.3.2 WORK AND REST SCHEME

 

IFATCA Policy is:

Definition:

Operational Duty: The period which a controller is actually exercising the privileges of the controller’s licence at an operational position.

Rosters should be constructed following a simple pattern, with shifts of the same or very similar lengths and adequate breaks between shifts and shift cycles.

The average time of operational duty and breaks should not exceed 32 hours per week (Jerusalem 95.C.2).

Each shift should not exceed 7 hours 30 minutes including breaks (Jerusalem 95.C.2).

A minimum rest period of 11 consecutive hours per day should be provided (Santiago 99.C.22).

The continuous operational duty for a controller should be 2 hours maximum and should be reduced to 90 minutes for controllers working with visual terminals and/or radar displays; after which a minimum 30 minutes break, away from the working environment should be given to controllers (Copenhagen 78.C.6, amended Jerusalem 95.C.2).

At least one break of a minimum of 1 hour duration, on both day and afternoon shift, shall be given to controllers for the purpose of eating at regular times and to prevent gastrointestinal dysfunctions (Santiago 99.C.23).

Extra rest hours shall be provided when requested by a pregnant controller.

By night the total operational duty time should not exceed 5 hours (Jerusalem 95.C.2).

Controllers shall not be held liable in the case of an accident or incident if the controller has previously registered a formal complaint of exaggerated working hours or lack of fatigue management and these have been determined to be a major contributing factor to the incident or accident.

An ATCO shall not provide both surveillance approach service and aerodrome control service simultaneously. (Sofia 15.C.3)


See: WP155 – Santiago 1999, WP125 – Jerusalem 1995, WP 165 – Istanbul 2007 and WP 158 – Sofia 2015

 

Last Update: October 2, 2020  

November 5, 2019   218   Jean-Francois Lepage    WC    

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