The Aerotoxic Logbook (ATLB) in English (EN)

The problem has been known since the 1950s - roughly 70 years and nothing has ever been done about it.  The air in the cabin is still ‚bled off’ (the engines) in airplanes - with the well-known possible consequences for flight safety and health, in particular that of  flight crew. We have the cultural history on 'Flying is safe' and the ongoing problems investigated at www.ansTageslicht.de/cabinair (EN).

Although the cabin air is 50% re-circulated in modern aircraft types, the basic problem remains unsolved. With one exception: the Boeing B787.  This is/was also the state of knowledge at the first big conference on this topic in London in September 2017. The presentations can now be viewed here: www.aircraftcabinair.com  

There are many reasons why no solutions are found: the targeted influencing of scientific discussions, the airlines’ economic interests, the links between politics and air transport industry and other reasons.

The ‚Aerotoxic Logbook’, launched in January 2017, is a first comprehensive documentation addressing the problem of potentially contaminated cabin air (www.ansTageslicht.de/Kabininenluft - German) and documents what is happening in this area.  Or, what is not happening. And why not. This German language blog (www.ansTageslicht.de/ATLB) is now also available in English and can be accessed directly via this permalink: www.ansTageslicht.de/ENATLB.

The information we collect in German is translated by Bearnairdine BEAUMONT who operates the network www.aerotoxicteam.com  and the blog www.aerotoxicsyndrombook.com/blog.

With the ‚Aerotoxic Logbook’ we want to achieve international networking,  bringing together all initiatives and activities to communicate about this unsolved problem and to initiate solutions. At the same time it is a scientific experiment: What must happen before a problem is addressed?

Other initiatives providing information on the contaminated air issue you can get here (right side).

27th May 2020

Use the standstill in aviation to do something about the contaminated cabin air. And not just against CoVid 19

This is the fundamental demand that the Patienten-Initiative p-coc.com is directing not only at airlines, especially Deutsche Lufthansa, which is now to be kept alive with governmental money but also at politicians.

In total there are 6 specific demands. Some of them have - actually - been legally stipulated for a long time, e.g. that a) there must be no pollutants whatsoever in the cabin air and that therefore b) sensors must be installed.

But no authority is taking this seriously. Neither the BFU nor the LBA, not even the EASA. Politics certainly don't.

How the majority of the members of the CDU/CSU and SPD in the German Bundestag deal with the problem of preventive measures and, in the absence of such measures, the subsequent development of occupational illnesses, was just recently demonstrated by politicians (see the entry of 7th May). And how seriously it takes the problems of around 50,000 people every year.

The Open Letter to the German Chancellor, the responsible ministries, the EU Commission and Lufthansa can be read and/or downloaded here.

CW 19 - 4 May 2020

Occupational Diseases Reform Act: 2nd and 3rd Reading in 1 Go

This is what it will come down to next Thursday, May 7. Votes are scheduled to begin at 4.15 p.m.

Originally, a public hearing was planned. This was cancelled due to the Corona measures and the statements were submitted in writing by the requested associations, which were then put online. There was no longer any discussion in the Committee for Labour and Social Affairs.

The committee summarised the positions of the associations as follows: "Public Hearings". Also included there are the individual statements. With the exception of the employers' associations, all the others regard the abandonment of the so-called injunction as positive. The latter means that if a BK (Berufskrankheit = occupational disease) is suspected and reported to a BG (Berufsgenossenschaft = Federal Employers' Association), the person concerned must give up the work due to which he or she has (allegedly) became ill. For many, this is often not possible if there is no other job alternative. This provision will now be dropped. Instead, other workplace solutions will be sought.

This is of course a thorn in the side of the Employers' Association of the Metal Industry and in its statement complains about the additional costs incurred as a result; these costs are "unacceptable".

The only positive change we ourselves see is the now, finally, planned official institutionalisation of the "Medical Expert Council 'BK' at the BMAS (Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales = Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs). There are now to be scientific experts appointed; The aim is to create 10 scientific staff positions in order to be able to advance the work and the discussions in this relevant body more quickly. It remains to be seen whether scientific staff will then be able to compensate for the structural imbalance of know-how and the preparation of meetings. We will keep an eye on this.

The draft of the DIE LINKE group will be polished off smoothly, the Greens have not even put forward a position of their own - the problem obviously does not play a special role in this party in the Bundestag.

If the bill is waved through on Thursday, it could only be stopped via the Bundesrat. There, the states of Hamburg (SPD/GREENS) and Schleswig-Holstein (CDU/GREENS/FDP) had already attempted to bring in other proposals; NRW (CDU/FDP) had likewise tried to do the same.

However, the corona seems to overshadow everything at present.

27th April 2020

„Fume Event ABC"

Officially launched right now: a new site by ansTageslicht.de which is intended to become a kind of ‚WIKI’ regarding the Fume Event problem.

A lot of important and particular information does not always find its way into a larger context text immediately. Some of the points are so relevant that you should be able to look them up alphabetically.

In order to kill 'two birds with one stone' we now have the "Fume Event ABC"  directly accessible and linkable here

The lexicon begins with the following four keywords with relevant contents:

Further keywords and contents will follow. Suggestions are always welcome!

An English version is under construction.

3rd April, 2020

1st International "Clean Cabin Air Day" 2020

There are  "International Days" for many things: freedom of the press, children, the forest, disabled people, etc. Now the Patient Initiative p-coc.com has decided to declare an "International Clean Cabin Air Day", which from now on will always take place on April 3rd.

We have known about the problems for decades (see www.ansTageslicht.de/cabinairchronology - in EN), as well as about the regularity of fume-event incidents (see www.ansTageslicht.de/incidents - also in EN), and there are more and more affected people who become terminally ill.

According to the Lufthansa Group, such incidents happen on every 2,000 flights = 1:2000. If one converts this to daily or weekly flight operations, this amounts to 10 fume events per week. Almost two every day.

P-coc now wants to tackle this problem and generate worldwide attention for this still unsolved problem. https://www.facebook.com/groups/865783380264164/More on their Facebook page.

23rd March, 2020

The Cabin air is "as clean as in an operating room",

says Deutsche Lufthansa in all seriousness in response to an enquiry from ZDF, why on (currently still taing place) domestic LH flights, people would sit closely packed next to each other on each available seat and after disembarkation would are rounded up and again tightly packed in the pick-up buses? Is this the up-to-date practice?

In view of such pictures and the political motto "keep your distance", even the editorial staff of ZDF’s "Heute Journal" has doubts. And so it becomes a topic on the evening news. You can see the excerpt here: "Tightly packed for transport".

Regarding the keyword "Filters and Cabin Air", a compilation of what is known about it to this day, will be available soon. We ask for your patience. 

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