Thursday, June 18, 2009

Standardizing hazmat cargo information for first responders to arrive at an emergency scene involving an aircraft

For all first responders to arrive at an emergency scene involving an aircraft, one of the primary considerations is: Is there any hazmat (hazardous materials, dangerous goods) on board, and if so, where and how much?

The Bureau of Dangerous Goods, Ltd. has the answer. Airlines have begun using a commercially available software and Internet application known as HAZMAT®. Built into this software is a module called the NOTOC Navigator. This module is capable of generating automated, fully compliant NOTOC (Notification to the Pilot in Command) documentation containing all applicable emergency response information related to the cargo at the emergency scene. Emergency response information contained on the NOTOC is based on the North American Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) and the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Emergency Response Guidance for Aircraft Incidents Involving Dangerous Goods (Red Book).

In addition, the name of the chemical, it's UN identification number, class hazard, the degree of danger (UN packing group number), quantity per package, a description of the package and where on board the aircraft the package is located are also provided on the NOTOC for each hazmat package.

Emergency response information from the NOTOC Navigator is available from the participating airline involved to any first responder via electronic transmission. Each NOTOC can be electronically mailed to any MAPI-compliant email address anywhere around the world within seconds.

The Bureau of Dangerous Goods, Ltd. is dedicated to promoting the idea of standardizing the information on NOTOCs. This process would help eliminate the potential for individual interpretation and give first responders immediate access to information pertaining to hazmat on board a downed aircraft, how to minimize and contain contamination, and improve safety protocol in handling hazmat at an emergency scene. The NOTOC Navigator accomplishes each of these tasks by producing a standardized document with the necessary information that first responders need to secure and contain an emergency scene involving an aircraft and hazmat.

For more informaton about the NOTOC Navigator, visit the Bureau of Dangerous Goods website and go to our software section.