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Title: Precautions for Airplane Cleaning Crews
Type: Text and Picture Slide
Content: [Includes photo of an airplane.]
13. Airline cleaning crews should wear gloves that should be replaced during cleaning if soiled or damaged and disposed of properly after the work shift. Crew members should NOT use compressed air to clean planes since this could spread any infectious particles. They should use a low to intermediate level disinfectant to wipe down frequently touched surfaces in the passenger cabin. After discarding their gloves, they need to wash their hands with soap and water. If soap and water are unavailable, they can use an alcohol-based cleaning agent. It's important for employers of airline cleaning crews to make their personnel aware of the symptoms of SARS so that they can notify their company immediately should they develop any symptoms.