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JUN-JUL 2018

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June/July 2018 airportbusiness 21 COVER STORY see a huge improvement in the airport as a whole and it definitely makes the investment worth it." Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) also started a pilot earlier this year. Part of LAX's bathroom upgrades included the addition of bathroom stall indicator lights to allow passengers to identify if one of the units are occupied, much like a parking stall indicator light works in parking garages. Allen Klevens, founder and CEO of Tooshlights, said indicator lights above stalls people to quickly find out if a stall is being occupied. "For so many years, nobody has ever conquered this and the only place I'd had seen something like this is on an airplane," he said. "When you see the big red X you know it means don't go." Davis said the Tooshlights system can provide data to show equipment issues. If there is a lack of turnover in one stall, it could show an immediate need for maintenance. Klevens said the airport can track trends on how many people walk through the bathroom on a daily basis and custodial staff are tracked. "Now we can compare how long was he or she cleaning for, how many customers came in and used the stalls and then on the way out, we have a happy face/sad face tablet that they're able to say how their bathroom experience was," he said. RISKY BUSINESS: BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS By Josh Mozingo IN MEDICAL settings across the nation bloodborne pathogens and Other Potentially Infectious Materials (OPIMs) are taken very seriously. While there has been significant innovation in the sanitation of public restrooms, one area has been swept under the proverbial rug; safety instruments for the disposal of menstrual items, and the menstrual receptacles that contain them. Hepatitis B (HBV), Hepatitis C (HCV), and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) (among several OPIMs) can all be transmitted through exposure to menstrual blood. On December 6th,1991 the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) officially promulgated the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. Although there has been attempts in the past to solve this problem, no product on the market has succeeded in providing a truly sanitary, user friendly solution for the disposal of feminine hygiene items, until the invention of the MaskIT pouch. Bloodborne Pathogens is an umbrella term that covers a myriad of pathogens; However, the most common are HIV, HBV, and HCV. Bloodborne Pathogens are defined as, "Disease-producing microorganisms transmitted by means of blood, tissue, and body fluids containing blood," and are a lot more common than one might think. HIV affects more than 1.2 million people in the United States alone. What's more concerning is that 1 in 8 of them don't know it. This virus is very dangerous. No effective cure exists for HIV." HBV and HCV doesn't get as much attention as HIV, but Hepatitis should not be overlooked. HBV is 50 - 100 times more infectious than HIV. In 2014, there was an estimated 19,200 new HBV infections that contributed to an estimated 850,000 - 2.2 million persons infected in the US alone. In the same year, there were an estimated 30,500 cases of acute hepatitis C virus infections reported that may contribute to the estimated 2.7-3.9 million people in the United States that have chronic hepatitis C. "Even dried blood can present risk to others." HBV can live outside the body at least seven days, while HCV can live outside the body for up to three weeks. OSHA was established over 45 years ago for one purpose, "to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance." For over 25 years, OSHA has officially recognized the dangers of Bloodborne Pathogens. Their goal of the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard is to protect workers from the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens in the work place and have developed a series of procedures like universal precautions, and engineering controls to achieve this goal. Read more: BHS & PBB Operations & Maintenance Solutions ■ Enhanced Predictive Maintenance Programs ■ Experienced Team, Responsive, Versatile and Flexible ■ Management is Accessible and Involved Designed for the Future. Maintained for Performance.

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