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SAFETY
AUTHOR Lisa Kay

MITIGATING PUBLIC SAFETY RISKS -

Let's Fly Again!

Mitigating health and safety risks, complying with new regulatory
requirements and addressing public concerns are key issues for airports and
airlines as we struggle through winter.
AIR TRAVEL is a key driver of the economy and the
pandemic has significantly impacted the air travel
industry. Assuring the public that flying is as safe
as possible given the pandemic is a challenge for
the air travel industry.
Airports around the country are
focused on making the right choices to
increase public confidence by mitigating
health and safety risks. While air travel
has been modestly increasing over the
past few months with more people
willing to f ly, we have a long way
to go to get back to pre-pandemic
conditions. Mitigating health and safety
risks, complying with new regulatory
requirements and addressing public
concerns are key issues for airports
and airlines as we struggle through
winter. Addressing concerns and
communicating measures to reduce risks
are critical to get air travel flying again.
Mitigating public safety risks starts
with worker safety and OSHA has
some new COVID-19 related guidance.
Based on the OSHA definition of risk in
current COVID guidance documents,
most airport workers are in the medium

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
LISA KAY

Lisa Kay is Chief Operating Officer of
Environmental Health Sciences Vertical
at NV5 where she leads a team of high
performing environmental, health and
safety consultants with the mission of
delivering solutions and improving lives.
NV5 provides engineering and consulting
services to airports, government agencies
and companies around the globe.

or low exposure risk categories. Those
risks are defined as follows:
Medium exposure risk jobs have frequent
and/or close contact with, i.e., within six feet
of, people who may be, but are not necessarily
known to be, infected with SARS-CoV-2.
Workers in this risk group may have
frequent contact with travelers returning
from international locations with widespread
COVID-19 transmission. In areas where
there is ongoing community transmission,
workers in this category include, but are not
limited to, those who have frequent and/
or close contact with the general public or
coworkers.
Lower exposure risk jobs are those having
minimal occupational contact with the public
and other coworkers. (OSHA)
OSHA enforcement activity related
to worker health and safety varies from
state to state. In California, Cal/OSHA
has issued dozens of COVID-19 related
citations since April to agencies and
businesses, with fines ranging from
hundreds of dollars to several hundred
thousand dollars. The most common
violations cited by Cal/OSHA for
COVID-19 are:
* Not having an updated Injury Illness
Prevention Program to incorporate
COVID-19 safety.
* Lack of proper COVID-19 safety
signage.

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* No, or inadequate employer provided
PPE.
* Lack of proper social distancing
or allowing too many people in
a building area such that social
distancing is difficult.
* Not placing plexiglass dividers where
physical social distancing is not
possible.
* Not providing time for employees
to clean and sanitize spaces and wash
hands.
* Lack of employee COVID-19 related
training and documentation of such
training.
Given the number of citations for
the above noted items, it is likely that
many employers are not aware of new
requirements due to the pandemic
response. Employers should update
their health and safety programs
to incorporate the risks and proper
protocols for COVID-19. Proper
PPE must be provided to employees
and they need to be trained to use it.
Most importantly all efforts should be
documented and thorough records of
activities should be maintained. An
audit by a qualified third party can help
verify and document all measures are
in order. Further, communicating with
stakeholders that the facility was audited
by a qualified third party as verification
of health and safety can go a long way
toward increasing public confidence.
Early in the pandemic, there
was considerable concern about the
possibility of the virus surviving on
surfaces and people getting sick from



Airport Business

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Airport Business

Inside the Fence: Once in a Lifetime
Industry Update
Hindsight is 20/20
Remote Airport Deploys Open Platform Video to Monitor Facilities, Secure Operations, Connect wth Clients
Airport Guru: General Aviation Airports: A National Asset
Mitigating Public Safety Risks – Let's Fly Again!
Contact Tracing and COVID-19 Technology Best Practices
Cover Story: Less Touch, More Travel
Taking to the Sky in 2021
Are We Over Disinfecting Airports?
Airport Security in the Age of COVID
The New Norms of Aviation Catering
Safe and Secure Travel in the Age of COVID
Legal Matters: Single FBO Airports: Is There an Impermissible Exclusive Right? What Can You Do About It?
Product Profile: A Customizable Fueling Experience
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Airport Business - Inside the Fence: Once in a Lifetime
Airport Business - Industry Update
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Airport Business - 9
Airport Business - Hindsight is 20/20
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Airport Business - Remote Airport Deploys Open Platform Video to Monitor Facilities, Secure Operations, Connect wth Clients
Airport Business - 13
Airport Business - Airport Guru: General Aviation Airports: A National Asset
Airport Business - 15
Airport Business - Mitigating Public Safety Risks – Let's Fly Again!
Airport Business - 17
Airport Business - Contact Tracing and COVID-19 Technology Best Practices
Airport Business - 19
Airport Business - Cover Story: Less Touch, More Travel
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Airport Business - Taking to the Sky in 2021
Airport Business - Are We Over Disinfecting Airports?
Airport Business - 27
Airport Business - Airport Security in the Age of COVID
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Airport Business - The New Norms of Aviation Catering
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Airport Business - Safe and Secure Travel in the Age of COVID
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Airport Business - Legal Matters: Single FBO Airports: Is There an Impermissible Exclusive Right? What Can You Do About It?
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Airport Business - Product Profile: A Customizable Fueling Experience
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