Illnesses linked to Trichloroethylene (TCE) aka TRIKE
Five military personnel at the Casement Aerodrome have tested positive for listed drugs following a series of random tests.
Documents obtained by The Times under freedom of information legislation showed that just over 500 substance tests have been carried out at the base in Baldonnel, southwest of Dublin, since 2013. In each year since then, one person has tested positive.
Read more on The Times UK website below…
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No mention of the Cessna stolen by 2 officers and flown to Gormanston in order to avoid a mandatory drugs test. No mention either of the high ranking officers who covered it up.
TDs and senators are to visit the Air Corps headquarters, amid fears for the health and safety of staff at Casement Aerodrome.
The move follows revelations in the Irish Examiner about conditions for technicians working on aircraft at the base.
The Air Corps has now invited members of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence, to see the changes it has implemented over the past year, following warnings from the State’s health watchdog.
Junior defence minister Paul Kehoe revealed details of the visit to the Committee.
“Under my instructions, the General Officer Commanding, GOC, Irish Air Corps, Brigadier General Seán Clancy, has invited the committee to visit the Air corps base and I ask that the chairman and the committee secretariat arrange that visit through my office,” he said.
The committee proposes to make the visit on March 27.
It is not clear whether the committee will meet with whistleblowers, or if it will discuss allegations, made through protected disclosures, with the Air Corps hierarchy.
Read full article on Irish Examiner website below…
If the Irish Army Air Corps was compliant with state Health & Safety legislation with regards to chemical safety then why did great progress need to be made in the first place?
DELAY – DENY – DIE
Shaun Wood worked was a painter and finisher at Royal Air Force (RAF) bases across the world. During the early 1990s he was involved in the very intensive work preparing Tornado aircraft for the first Gulf War, in particular gluing anti-missile patches to the aircraft. This work was often done in confined spaces over long working hours. He generally wore a respirator but these were not really adequate for the circumstances.
Shaun has been diagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), which is a debilitating Parkinsonian syndrome that affects the nervous system. He is just 53 years of age.
Throughout his work Shaun was exposed to various solvents, but primarily trichloroethylene and dichloromethane. There is not a great deal of information about exposure to these solvents in aircraft maintenance. I have seen results from a survey carried out at an RAF base in Scotland where dichloromethane levels were measured during paint striping in the cockpit area of a Nimrod aircraft. There was only 1.5 m2 of paint removed, but the peak air concentrations were about 700 mg/m3. Results from three monitoring surveys where the British Health and Safety Executive sampled for dichloromethane during paint stripping on aircraft are shown in the following figure. The mean levels measured in each of these surveys were: 330, 790 and 1,960 mg/m3, and the highest individual level measured was 3,590 mg/m3.
Read full article on OH-world.org A blog about exposure science and occupational hygiene
Below is a photo of one of the locations in the Irish Air Corps that used Dichloromethane, namely the NDT Shop of Engine Repair Flight. Yes that is a stream of the chemicals dripping out of the extractor fan and running down the wall. And yes that is dichloromethane, cresylic acid and the hexavalent sodium chromate all over the floor. The small barrel that is being dissolved by its contents contains Hydrofluoric Acid.
Some extracts from the Ambient Air Monitoring For Health and Safety at Work report dated 2nd August 1995
- Dichloromethane levels were measured in the engine shop in Wednesday the 12th and Thursday the 13th of July 1995 at the behest of Captain John Maloney who is still serving in the Irish Air Corps
- The level of dichloromethane found in ambient air in the engine
cleaning area exceeded health and safety limits.
- Levels of Dichloromethane were measured at 175.9ppm (622.5 mg/m3) while the TWA health & safety limit for this chemical in 1995 was 50ppm.
- Significant levels of all parameters monitored were found in nearly all ambient air samples taken in the engine cleaning area.
- The ventilation in all areas monitored was deemed to be insufficient. It is thus recommended that mechanical heating and ventilation systems be adapted designed and installed in all areas monitored.
To summarise, the Irish Army Air Corps knew that Dichloromethane levels in the NDT shop in 1995 exceeded health & safety limits by 3.5 times yet officer management…
- LEFT personnel of all ranks and none to rot in this exceptionally toxic working environment for a further 12 years.
- IGNORED the recommendation to design and install design a proper ventilation system, (they stuck in 2 x Xpelairs).
- NEVER re-tested the environment to see if the Xpelair fans worked, we suspect they made things worse by increasing evaporation rate.
- NEVER informed personnel of enlisted ranks that their workplace was contaminated to dangerous levels.
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ALONG one stretch of road, 50 people have been diagnosed with cancer. The people of this Australian town had enough of being told there’s nothing wrong.
THE people of Williamtown know that 50 residents living on one stretch of rural road have been diagnosed with cancer.
They want the Government to admit it. And to fix the problem now.
The fury of those living in the “red zone” of toxic contamination near the RAAF base in the NSW township of Williamtown, near Newcastle, is palpable.
After years of drinking the water, washing in it, cooking in it, they were finally told in 2015 it was contaminated. They are out of patience, and want answers.
And their anger has only been further inflamed by a NSW Health report saying there’s no evidence of a cancer cluster caused by contamination which the Department of Defence allegedly hid from them for three years.
The report dismissing their concerns has left them devastated.
Read more on news.com.au
This article may be of relevance to Air Corps fire fighting personnel who used AFFF in the past. The Air Corps as usual will not admit whether they used poly-fluoroalkyl substances. In well regulated workplace environments exposure should be minimal but in the Air Corps there was no regulation nor health & safety training for the handling of fire fighting foam.
However as with the Air Corps toxic chemical scandal the Australian DoD is trying to downplay the effects of dangerous chemicals just like Dr. Leo Varadkar did in the Dáil on the 7th of February.
Read information sheet on firefighting foam from the Australian Department of Defence