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Chapter 4. Crew Health Precautions

Table of Contents
4.1. Alcohol
4.2. Cosmic radiation
4.3. Medication
4.4. Immunisation
4.5. Blood donation
4.6. Diving
4.7. Surgery
4.8. Hypoxia
4.9. Food poisoning
4.10. Laser attacks

4.1. Alcohol

Do not consume any alcohol within 10 hours of a duty, and consume no more than 5 units of alcohol within 24 hours of a duty.

Crews are obliged to comply with random breathalysing, but should ensure that it is not carried out in front of passengers.

Alcohol must never be consumed whilst in uniform in a public place.

Alcohol must not be taken onto the flight deck during flight.

[EOM-A 6.1.1]

4.2. Cosmic radiation

Statutory directives state that the acceptable radiation exposure of aircrew is 6mSv/yr. Radiation exposure is modelled by easyJet to try to prevent exposure above this level. easyJet continuously monitors estimated radiation doses; personal estimated exposure is published on AIMS.

Embryos and foetuses are particularly susceptible to harm from cosmic radiation. Crew should not fly when pregnant.

[EOM-A 6.1]

4.3. Medication

The use of non-prescribed narcotics or sleep inducing drugs is forbidden.

Do not operate within 48 hours of a general anaesthetic or within 24 hours of a local anaesthetic.

It is acceptable to operate whilst taking non drowsy cold remedies such as Sudafed. Seek medical advice before operating whilst taking any other medication.

[EOM-A 6.2, EOM-A 6.4]

4.4. Immunisation

easyJet does not currently fly to any destination requiring vaccinations beyond those recommended for everyday life in Europe. Any change to this situation will be notified by NTC.

[EOM-A 6.5]

4.5. Blood donation

Crew should not donate blood within 24 hours of a duty.

[EOM-A 6.1.6]

4.6. Diving

Crew should not fly within 48 hours of diving to a depth exceeding 10m. Crew should avoid any diving requiring the use of SCUBA equipment within 24 hours of a duty.

Crew who have been treated for decompression sickness must not fly within 72 hours of recovery.

[EOM-A 6.7]

4.7. Surgery

Aeromedical advice should be sought before returning to duty following any surgical procedure.

[EOM-A 6.11]

4.8. Hypoxia

Table 4.1. Time of useful consciousness
Pressure altitudeTime
18000ft30 minutes
25000ft2-3 minutes
30000ft45-75 seconds
45000ft12 seconds

[Human Factors For Pilots, Green et al.]

4.9. Food poisoning

Crew who are operating together should not have the same meals. This includes crew food and eating together when downroute or on airport standby.

If food poisoning from crew food is suspected, an ASR must be completed and a sample brought back to local base management team for further investigation.

[EOM-A 6.8]

4.10. Laser attacks

To mitigate the attack, look away, increase the brightness of interior lights and avoid rubbing your eyes. Seek medical advice if symptoms persist.

Notify ATC and file an ASR.

[EOM-A 6.18]