Indian Regal Regime for carriage of Dangerous Goods
The carriage of dangerous goods to/from/within/over India is governed by the following:
Dry ice (or carbon dioxide solid, UN 1845) is considered a dangerous good/hazardous material for air transport and requires special handling. Dry ice is classified by DOT (Department of Transportation) and IATA as a “miscellaneous” hazard, class 9.
In IndiGo, Dry ice is used as a coolant for storing perishable like chocolates, ice-creams, blood samples, medicines, stickers etc.
DRY ICE used as packing material (Shipping name: Carbon dioxide, solid)
Dry ice (or carbon dioxide solid, UN 1845) is considered a dangerous good/hazardous material for air transport and requires special handling. Dry ice is classified by DOT (Department of Transportation) and IATA as a 'miscellaneous' hazard, class 9.
At IndiGo, dry ice is used as a coolant for storing perishable such as chocolates, ice-creams, blood samples, medicines, stickers, etc.
Why is dry ice dangerous?
Dry ice is considered hazardous during transportation for three reasons:
Dry Ice is a class 9 Dangerous Good. Packages containing dry ice must always be declared as such by proper marking and labelling. A ‘Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods’ is not required if no other dangerous goods are in the shipment but 'Instruction of dispatch of Goods' is required. Dry ice must be packaged to permit the release of carbon dioxide gas and to prevent a build-up of pressure that could rupture the packaging. Below Packing Instructions must be used and ‘dry ice checklist’ has to be filled by the Acceptance staff at the time of load being tendered. A sample of IndiGo Standard dry ice sticker is provided below:
Packing Instruction 954
Dry ice used as a refrigerant for other than dangerous goods may be shipped in a unit load device or other types of pallet prepared by a single shipper provided that the shipper has made prior arrangements with the operator. In such a case, the unit load device, or other types of pallet must allow the venting of the carbon dioxide gas to prevent a dangerous build-up of pressure. The shipper must provide IndiGo with written documentation stating the total quantity of the dry ice contained in each
No specific compartment – wise loading specification is given in IATA DGR
Things to note:
Documents required for transportation of Shipment packed with dry – ice
Packing, marking and labelling
Radioactive Material (FDG)
Radioactive material means any material containing radionuclides where both the activity concentration and the total activity in the consignment exceed the values specified in 10.3.2 of the DGR manual.
IndiGo accepts only Fluorodeoxyglucose F-18 (FDG) as radioactive material (RRY) in its Airbus 320 aircraft, however, radioactive material is not accepted in ATR72 flights
Description of F-18 ( FDG)
Fluorodeoxyglucose, F-18 (FDG) is a radiopharmaceutical used in medical imaging with PET (positron emission tomography). This medicine is a radioactive drug FDG produced from Cyclotron and transferred to different locations (as per requirement). After FDG is injected into a patient, a PET scanner can form images of the distribution of FDG around the body that can be assessed to diagnose various medical conditions, cancer in particular. It can also be used to diagnose brain and cardiac disorders.
Packing of the container
The packaging instruction is given and approved by AERB (refer Certificate of Registration for Type A package design in the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) Safety Code No. SC/TR – 1, 1986 edition for transportation of radioactive material). The packaging details are as follows:
Exterior Packaging: An external “Flight case” multiplex wood packaging
A bracing system consisting of synthetic material and foam components to
Internal foam: Polyethylene high density 30 kg/cub M.
Container: Material: Lead container fully covered with stainless steel
Potential Health Effects: The hazardous, non – radioactive ingredients found in Fluorodeoxyglucose F 18 (FDG) injections are skin and eye irritants, but, because of the small quantities present in each container, no adverse effects are expected to occur from these components.
Eye Contact: No adverse effect expected, but may cause mechanical irritation. In high doses, may cause dryness of the eye or may lead to the development of cataracts.
Skin Contact: Not expected to produce any acute adverse health effects. High doses may cause erythema (skin burns).
Inhalation: FDG does not easily become airborne under standard conditions. Not expected to be a health hazard via inhalation.
May cause asymptomatic physiological uptake by specific target organs or tissues
Documents required to book FDG
Documents required to book FDG
The following documents are required from the shipper for transportation of RRY:
The following documents required to be forwarded to the destination
Emergency First Aid
Eye contact: Immediately rinse the eye with saline solution several times. Notify radiation safety personnel.
Skin Contact: If skin contact occurs, immediately wash the affected area thoroughly and vigorously with soap and water until the radioactivity can be removed. Always blot dry. Do not abrade the skin. Notify radiation safety personnel.
Inhalation: Not expected to require first aid measures.
Ingestion: Not expected to ensure first aid measures.
Other First Aid: Promptly remove any contamination from the skin, eyes, or clothing. Use a mild soap and water if required.