Appendix 3 - Suggested Checklist for Cabin Crew in dealing with an in-flight emergency involving Dangerous Goods

Initial Actions

• Notify PIC

• Ask passenger to identify or potential hazard

• If identified by name or number, ask flight crew if they have information on item

• If smoke/fumes detectable don goggles and oxygen mask, with oxygen at 100%

• Collect items of possible use

- polyethylene bags – e.g. waste bin bags, bags for duty-free sales

- rubber gloves, oven gloves or fire resistant gloves

- airsickness bags (opened out or turned inside out)

- plasticised passenger in-flight safety cards

Subsequent Actions

• Seek assistance

- from another cabin crew member, or

- with agreement of PIC, from a passenger

• Don gloves; have available other personal protective equipment – e.g. goggles, overalls

If item on fire or producing visible smoke

- use standard procedure

- break open package, if necessary and safe to do, for effectiveness of fire-fighting agent

- use fire extinguisher (but do not use water unless this is known to be safe)

- check fire is out, but be prepared for re-ignition

If item is leaking (if using Emergency Response Kit – see appropriate Checklist)

- avoid contact; always use personal protective equipment – e.g. gloves, goggles,

overalls

- stop leak, if possible by plugging hold and/or inverting item

- if possible, place item in polyethylene bag and close securely

- place item in safe location, e.g. a toilet, or isolate from passengers; and restrain

- remove or contain leakage (but see Notes)

- cover affected area with polyethylene bag(s), airsickness bag(s), safety cards

- regularly inspect item for further signs of leakage

Further Considerations

• Keep PIC informed

• Move passengers away from affected area

• Give first aid to affected passengers

• If smoke/fumes likely to incapacitate passengers - distribute wet towels or cloths (but do not deploy drop-out oxygen system)

After Landing

• Disembark passengers

- so affected area not traversed

- so no need to pass close to where item is stowed

• Inform ground personnel/emergency services of nature of item and where stowed

• Make appropriate entry in maintenance log

NOTES:

1) For a limited period polyethylene (plastic) should not react with any dangerous goods.

2) Powders may be better left in situ if not causing damage; if removal needed they can be picked up using safety cards of stiffened polyethylene/plastic based material.

3) Use extreme caution with unknown liquids; they may be better left in situ and covered with polyethylene/plastic based material. Do not use paper or cloth to mop up spillage unless certain there will be no reaction.


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