Friday, December 18, 2020

Airport ready to handle chemical, nuclear exigency

Kolkata: If there is a chemical spillage resulting in emission of fumes, don’t move in a downward direction. If one suspects a radiological contamination, stow away the clothes in a safe place, have a thorough full-body wash and change into fresh clothes.

These were some of the tips that trainers shared at the workshop on Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) disaster workshop held at Kolkata airport, through which these and other toxic materials transit frequently.

“Airlines, security, ground handlers, cargo unit and transporters need to be aware of the nature of goods they are handling and the hazards they can pose. The training by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) aims at not only creating the awareness but also equipping them with a list of things to do as well as what not to do as first responders in a disaster,” said CBRN workshop coordinator, Vikrant Chawde.

Officers from Kolkata Police and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Kolkata Police Disaster Management Group, and officials of Directorate General of Civial Aviation, Airports Authority of India, various airlines and cargo handlers participated in the drill on radiological disaster conducted by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

Pointing out the need to get the airport operational within the shortest span of time even after a disaster, airport director Kaushik Bhattacharjee cited how the facility had functioned all through the lockdown to ferry medicines and essential cargo when all other modes of transport were shut.

18/12/20 Times of India

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