Working Time Regulation

Outlines CAA's obligation to enforce Working Time Regulations

Working Time

The legislation also requires the CAA to enforce certain working time restrictions. The issues covered by the regulations are: -

· Patterns of work to ensure adequate rest breaks to protect health and safety
· Provision of information on working patterns
· Maximum annual working time and total block flying time
· Rest days entitlement

It is acknowledged that there is a challenge in seeking to meet the differing objectives of the Civil Aviation (Working Time) Regulations 2004 and the existing CAA Flight Time Limitations scheme (CAP371) required by the Air Navigation Order 2005.  The ‘unique’ working environment found in passenger aircraft demands that a measure of consideration in relation to ‘ground based’ interpretation of the Working Time Regulations.  However, flight safety requirements within the UK FTL hold primacy.  See ‘Enforcement’ for more information. 

When called for, working time issues are also discussed at the Aviation Occupational Health and Safety Steering Group but in order to assure the attendance of appropriate specialists, particular pre-notification requirements must be observed.

The CAA also regulate the relevant requirements for the Working Time (Amendment) Regulations 2003 and Working Time (Amendment No.2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003 as applied to ‘mobile workers’ in the General Aviation (GA) sector and mobile ‘young workers’ in the remainder of the civil aviation sector. 

This legislation requires that for ‘mobile workers’ and ‘young workers’ in the sector the employer protects workers health and safety by: -

  • limiting the weekly working hours.
  • providing adequate rest periods for workers.
  • managing work patterns to avoid health and safety risks by providing adequate rest breaks.
  • providing health assessments for night workers. 

Employers are also required to maintain records of the working hours for two years.