Research Projects

OSHA's and HAZMAT's Roles in Airport Contagion Health and Cleaning Standards In Reserve

Airports need to understand the regulatory implications of increased sanitizing and disinfecting to combat COVID-19 and other contagions. Guidelines from Federal, State and Local authorities have dictated the use of chemicals in quantities far beyond what has been considered home use.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

Many airports have opted to use green cleaning products because they are thought to be less hazardous to workers and the environment and have fewer regulatory requirements. COVID-19 and other contagions require an increased use of sanitizers and disinfectants. These chemicals need to be effective for the intended purpose, used and stored properly, and the personnel who handle them trained properly. Additionally, airlines are implementing their own procedures for sanitizing and disinfecting. Airports would benefit greatly from a single source of information concerning their rights, obligations, and best practices.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

Develop a guidebook with agency resource materials, an interactive road-map for potential implementation strategies, and operational plan development tools and current best practices as identified through research, case studies and industry interviews. The guidebook will contain links for appropriate resources, regulations, and guidance; a section on current deployed technologies along with means and methods; and lastly, future anticipated tools and techniques for contagions' response.

Idea No. 441