Handling of Hydrazine in the Royal Danish Air Force,
DANISH DEFENCE COMMAND VEDBAEK AEROMEDICAL SERVICES
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The introduction of the F-16 single engine fighter aircraft into the Royal Danish Air Force included the use of the toxic amine-based compound hydrazine as fuel for the emergency power unit EPU which temporarily supplies electrical and hydraulic power for the flight control system in the event of engine malfunction. In order to protect every individual in the RDAF against this potential risk of intoxication a full scale program including environmental operational safety regulations as well as a detailed medical examination prior to and during appointment to the EPU and hydrazine maintenance was elaborated. This program has been developed in close collaboration with other medical services of nations operating the F-16 in order to obtain the largest information basis for determination of the risks involved. In spite of all safety regulations several employers have at different occasions been exposed to unforseen hydrazine leakages. None of the exposed individuals have, however, suffered any damage which can be related to the exposure.