Infectious safety at airports is a set of measures to prevent infecting the passengers and working personnel with infectious and viral diseases in case of their introduction to freight transport, internal circulation and further spread to the outside.
One of the main effective measures to prevent infections at airports is the mandatory implementation of complex disinfection measures. If they do not comply with the approved sanitary and epidemiological rules and regulations, they may be closed.
Most dangerous in terms of pathogenic microorganisms and viruses introduction are air vehicles, administrative and technical rooms, ticket offices, waiting areas and areas of passengers and working personnel gathering, restaurants and cafes, elevators, restrooms, etc.
The specifics of infectious safety in airports
- A large number of various purpose rooms with a high visitors’ flow;
- A large number of aviation vehicles;
- High risk of pathogenic microflora introduction to airports and airplanes by passengers and working personnel not examined for infections and viral diseases, including “specially dangerous diseases”;
- High risk of cross-contamination between passengers and working staff in the iarport premises;
- High risk of cross-contamination between passengers and working staff during the flight;
- Insufficient efficiency of the developed disinfection algorithms at airports and airplane, including for emergence of infectious foci and emergency situations (mass infectious and viral diseases of passengers, contact group people and working personnel with a high risk of their further spread over long distances).
The specifics of disinfection measures in airports
- Need for repeated disinfection of various airport rooms during the day;
- Need for aviation vehicles disinfection after each air transportation;
- Limitations for using of several chemical disinfectant classes and physical disinfection methods in airport areas and airplanes;
- Corrosive effect of the used inventory and equipment on working surfaces;
- Lack of official regulations on unscheduled and emergency disinfection at airports and on aircraft in case of detecting mass people infection and cases of poisoning associated with the presence of low-quality (especially food) products and transportation of baggage contaminated with various types of "unwanted microorganisms", including "especially dangerous" pathogens.
Pulsed ultraviolet units allow the airports to successfully cope with a whole number of problems:
- The units are highly efficient against a wide range of microorganisms and viruses, including SARS-COV-2, minimal time of air and surfaces disinfection in a vehicle, mobility, environmental friendliness and safety;
- Disinfection of airport premises and airplanes with 99.9 % or higher efficiency within shortest time;
- Rapid disinfection of a large rooms’ and vehicles’ number without disrupting their work schedule;
- Ensuring microbiological cleanliness of airports by inactivating such microorganisms and viruses that are highly resistant to traditional disinfectants, i.e. mold and yeast fungi, highly resistant viruses;
- Individual and collective protection of passengers and working staff from bacteria and viruses;
- Financial expenses’ reduction by avoiding payments for temporary disability certificates of the personnel, as well as for the infection foci elimination;
- Enhancing the airline image as an organization that cares about providing high quality services by ensuring the infectious safety of visitors and staff.
Use of pulsed ultraviolet units as part of disinfection measures complex in airports allows for:
- Significantly increasing their efficiency due to simultaneous reduction of air and surfaces contamination levels with infectious pathogens and viral diseases;
- Ensuring infectious safety of visitors and working personnel.
We are convinced that pulsed ultraviolet units used in various areas, including airports, not only during the COVID-19 pandemic and seasonal outbreaks of other viral diseases, but also in "peacetime" are not a luxury, but a necessity that is here to stay.
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