With many restrictions on travel slowly lifting, you might be ready to plan a trip. However, you might not be prepared for your flight experience. Strict flight guidelines are still in place to help reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19. Here we look at recommended PPE for flights and other confined spaces to help you prepare for your trip.
What is PPE?
Personal Protective Equipment or PPE is not special to COVID. It is designed to protect people working in risky situations not only to reduce the risk of exposure to germs and bacteria, but also to any hazard presented in the workplace. PPE is designed to protect the eyes, airways, skin and body and can include:
- Safety Glasses
- Safety shoes
- Hard hats
- Full body suits
The type of PPE recommended depends on the expected risks in the workplace. People should also wear PPE when working on home projects such as eye protection, ear protection and respirators.
What Types of PPE are Recommended for COVID?
According to the Canadian government in the medical profession, it is recommended healthcare workers and administrators interacting with patients wear the following PPE:
- Gloves such as nitrile gloves or vinyl gloves
- Surgical masks
- Surgical masks with visor attachment
- Respirators such as n95 masks
- Face shields
- Eye protection
However, when it comes to travel, or being inside in confined spaces the list is limited to:
- Hand sanitizer
Travellers must be prepared to follow all rules surrounding masks in order to board their flight.
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What are the Protocols and PPE Required for Flights and Confined Spaces?
Special protocols are currently in place dictating how passengers board planes and restrictions that include PPE. According to the government’s website on travel, passengers must wear a face mask, regardless of their vaccination status or having a negative COVID test result. The mask must be worn during the entire journey process related to the flight including:
- At airport screening checkpoints
- During the boarding process
- During the flight
- Upon landing
- Disembarking at a Canadian airport
Passengers must comply with all instructions provided by airline or airport staff regarding wearing a mask.
What are the PPE Protocols Airline and Airport Staff Must Enforce?
Air operators must ensure the following:
- Gate agents and crew members are wearing a face mask
- Observe whether travellers boarding the flight exhibit COVID-19 symptoms
- Verify that every traveller boarding the flight is wearing a face mask
Infants less than 2 years are an exception to the rule, and although it is recommended for children ages 2 to 5 to wear a mask, it is actually not mandatory. Also, those with medical certificates are also exempt.
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