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Canada’s airports working to ensure safe facilities

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Canada's airports working to ensure safe facilities
Canada's airports continue to implement extensive measures to provide safe facilities for air travellers and airport workers.


November 3, 2009
By Administrator
jim_facete    
"Canada's airports understand
their important role in Canada's
public health," said CAC CEO
and President Jim Facette.


   

Oct. 29, 2009, Ottawa – Canada's airports continue to implement
extensive measures to provide safe facilities for air travellers and
airport workers, the industry's trade association stated recently.

"Canada's airports understand their important role in Canada's public
health," said CAC President and CEO Jim Facette.  "Since H1N1 first
emerged, the CAC and our member airports have taken a range of measures
designed to provide as medically safe an airport environment as
possible for the travelling public and airport workers."

Canada's airports are working closely with public health officials from
all sectors of government to take recommended precautions against
airborne illnesses.  Some of the measures include:

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  • Handwashing guidelines have been prominently posted in
    restrooms on both the public and employee sides of airports, as well as
    in other strategic locations.
  • Hand sanitizers have been installed throughout airport facilities.
  • The cleaning of facilities and airport equipment has been stepped up.
  • Airport authorities have developed pandemic plans in cooperation with public health officials.
  • Airports have held educational forums for the airports workers led by public health officials.
  • Isolation rooms are available to public health officials for any necessary screening of passengers who may be ill.

Both the CAC and its individual members have maintained continuous
contact on H1N1 matters with officials from Transport Canada, the
Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and airline/travel industry
sector partners.  Just this week, a senior official from the Public
Health Agency of Canada met with CAC board members – CEOs from Canada's
airports across the country.

The CAC supports current PHAC recommendations, issued Oct. 28, 2009,
that "passengers and crew members stay home if they are sick."