Advice to reduce the risks of dangerous goods
Dangerous goods have the potential to jeopardise the safety of any aircraft that can carry them into the sky. Recognising this, in 2011 CASA published comprehensive new advisory material on the carriage of dangerous goods on aircraft.
The advisory circular AC 92.A-01(0), published in March 2011, provides an overview of the legislative framework and procedures for the carriage of dangerous goods on all aircraft. Individuals, companies and air operators wishing to consign or carry dangerous goods within Australia or overseas will find this information valuable.
Both international and domestic experience shows that undeclared materials, often in passengers’ baggage, cause the majority of dangerous goods incidents involving leakage of hazardous materials.
A recent CASA safety promotion campaign alerts air travellers to the risks that dangerous goods pose to safety in the sky. The colourful and informative brochures and posters reinforce the key message: ‘If in doubt, ASK!’.
CASA is also working with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Dangerous Goods Panel and other regulators to identify safety education needs in relation to the increase in dangerous goods incidents involving lithium batteries.
It is vital to report all dangerous goods incidents (and other safety-critical incidents) to CASA and other appropriate authorities, such as the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. The information gathered allows trends and deficiencies to be identified and action to be taken to rectify them to prevent future occurrences of similar accidents or incidents.