Proper ventilation on board aircraft can help lessen the risk
ATLANTA, April 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers recently created a standard that offers guidance on air quality on board commercial aircraft, including requirements for ventilation to lessen the risk of all disease exposure -- including diseases such as swine flu -- while on board.
While airborne transmission is only one way in which disease can spread, ASHRAE Standard 161, Air Quality within Commercial Aircraft, addresses this aspect. ASHRAE is working to get the FAA to adopt the standard, or to have the standard included in federal aviation legislation.
Dr. Byron Jones, the leader of the committee that wrote the standard, is available to comment. Dr. Jones says, "Some of the more well-known cases of disease transmission on aircraft were when the aircraft was parked with the ventilation systems shut down for any period of time," as seen in Tulsa World newspaper April 29.
Major considerations in the standard include:
|SOURCE American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers|
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