Expert Panel on Aircraft Air Quality (EPAAQ)
The Cabin Air Quality Issue
Individuals and groups representing aircrew members have raised concerns about the possibility of low level chronic exposure to contaminants in aircraft cabin air leading to potential long term health effects.
Some flight crew have reported a variety of symptoms that they have associated with cabin air quality. The evidence based relationship between cabin air exposures (either in normal operations or following incidents) and ill health in aircraft crews has been difficult to ascertain.
In September 2008, following concerns raised by individuals and groups concerning the possibility of low level chronic exposure to contaminants in aircraft cabin air, CASA convened the independent Expert Panel on Aircraft Air Quality (EPAAQ). The panel was tasked with reviewing evidence and preparing a report with recommendations. The report has now been delivered.
Chair and panel members
Dr Michael Bollen, AM was the chair of the panel.
Further details of the chair and other panel members are available to view on the CASA website.
Report: Contamination of aircraft cabin air by bleed air – a review of the evidence
Summary of the Report
Read the executive summary of the panel report.
Read EPAAQ's recommendations.
Read the entire report.