Appendix 4 - Suggested Checklist for dealing with an in-flight emergency involving Dangerous Goods, using an Emergency Response Kit

(Note – the kit is only intended to be of use in dealing with spillages and leakages)

Initial Actions

• Check kit contains

- large and small polyethylene bags

- bag ties

- several pairs of flexible rubber gloves

- sand (but do not use on anything identified as containing Hydrofluoric acid)

- sodium bicarbonate (can be used with all acids)

• Collect other items of possible use

- oven gloves or fire resistant gloves

- airsickness bags (opened out or turned inside out)

- plasticised passenger in-flight safety cards

- personal protective equipment – e.g. PBE, goggles, overalls

Actions to Remove Item from Vicinity of Passengers and Crew

• Don rubber gloves or put hands in polyethylene bags; or use other gloves and protect in same way as hands

• Stop leak if possible by plugging hole and/or inverting item

• Prepare polyethylene bag of sufficient size by opening out to fullest extent

• Place item in bag with closure or point of leakage uppermost

• Tie bag tightly and securely around item, but allow for pressure equalisation

• Remove gloves, etc., taking care to avoid skin contact with any contamination

• Place bag containing item, gloves etc., into another bag; tie this tightly and securely as before

• Take bag away from passengers and crew; avoid smoking section

• Stow bag in safe location, e.g. a toilet, or isolate from passengers; and restrain

• If sand available and usable, contain spillage by covering/surrounding with sand

• For acids, cover spillage with sodium bicarbonate, to neutralise

• Use safety cards or stiffened polyethylene bags to pick up powders or contaminated sand/sodium bicarbonate; place in polyethylene bag and secure

• Place in another bag all used items and bag containing contaminated sand/sodium bicarbonate

• Secure this bag and stow as before

• Cover any residue of spillage with polyethylene bag(s), airsickness bag(s), safety cards

• If furnishings (e.g. seat covers) contaminated, remove if possible, place in polyethylene bag; secure and stow as before; or cover with polyethylene bag(s), airsickness bag(s), safety cards

• If carpet contaminated, cover with polyethylene bag(s), airsickness bag(s), safety cards; or remove if possible, place in polyethylene bag, secure, stow away from passengers and crew

Subsequent Actions

Keep PIC informed

• Regularly inspect bag containing item for further signs of leakage or reaction

• Ensure no one touches or interferes with any of the bags

• 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 – as on Cabin Crew Checklist

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 annoyance to passengers or damage. Use extreme caution with unknown liquids; if spread on carpet or furnishings they may be better left in situ and covered.

3) Do not use water. Do not use paper or cloth to mop up spillage unless certain there will be no reaction.

4) Sand is inert with all substances other than those containing Hydrofluoric acid (UN nos. 1786 and 1790).

5) Use of sodium bicarbonate on acids is safe but there may be bubbling and evolution of carbon dioxide.


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