IATA and ICAO Strengthen Safety Standards for Dangerous Goods in Air Travel

By Ivan PetrenkoJan 23, 2024 23:34 PMNews
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In a decisive move to enhance air safety, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have reinforced their commitment to setting and implementing global standards for the transportation of dangerous goods by air. This agreement, formalized at the IATA Executive Offices in Geneva, marks a critical step in bolstering collaboration between the two organizations, ensuring the highest safety measures in the aviation industry.

Dating back to 1956, IATA has been at the forefront of issuing guidelines for the safe carriage of dangerous goods on aircraft. The evolution of these standards saw a pivotal turn with the adoption of ICAO Annex 18 in January 1984, laying down fundamental principles for the global transport of hazardous materials. The accompanying Technical Instructions For The Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air extend these principles, providing comprehensive instructions for their safe international transport. This framework not only ensures safety but also guides nations in the inspection and oversight of such operations.

Building on the government-level Technical Instructions facilitated by ICAO, IATA collaborates with aviation industry stakeholders to develop practical tools and operational recommendations. These culminate in the Dangerous Goods Regulations, encompassing global standards crucial for all players in the supply chain, from manufacturers to airlines and ground handlers. These regulations, enriched with operator variations and essential supporting documents, establish a practical and consistent approach to the safe handling of dangerous goods on aircraft.

IATA’s Director General, Willie Walsh, emphasizes the significance of this agreement: “The safe carriage of dangerous goods has become a standard practice, rooted in our unwavering commitment to global standards and guidelines. This agreement is a testament to our continued advocacy with key stakeholders, aiming for a globally aligned and practically focused approach to transporting dangerous goods. Our efforts will pave the way for more efficient and robust supply chains, all the while maintaining aviation's paramount priority of safety."

This reinforced cooperation between IATA and ICAO signifies a critical advancement in the aviation sector, ensuring that the transport of dangerous goods by air continues to adhere to the strictest global safety standards, thereby safeguarding the integrity of global supply chains and upholding the highest safety standards in air travel.

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