The University of Limerick sent 3 engineering students a year, from about 1990 to 2008, for work experience at the Irish Air Corps at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel.
During their work experience all the UL students were exposed to a range of CMR chemicals in an unprotected manner and at levels known by the Air Corps to be over airborne health and safety limits.
To date the University of Limerick have refused to alert their former students to the fact that they were overexposed to toxic chemicals including Trichloroethylene, Trichloroethane, Dichloromethane, Hexamethylene Diisocyanate, Toluene, Xylene, Benzene, Hexavalent Chromium and many more.
Like their military counterparts that served during the same time period some of the UL students have been injured by their time serving in the Irish Air Corps. They all need to be informed of their exposure so that those suffering can receive appropriate medical help.
The actions of the University of Limerick on this issue to date have been shameful.
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I’ve just stumbled across all of the media attention on baldonnel. I was on placement from UL in 1998. I recall the use of numerous chemicals without PPE/knowledge of exposure risks. Can’t believe UL are head in the sand on this.
I’m now getting concerned…..! What was the green putty like compound that was used daily on aircraft mx activities? Jointing compound? Just sticks out as one that was used with total disregard.
I certainly recall one technician making a comment as we sat on a CASA wing in the hangar… along the lines of ‘who knows what we are being exposed to with all these chemicals’…..as he proceeded to use lavishly with bare hands daily
The jointing compound was most likely Mastinox 6856k
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