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November, 2 2020

Disinfecting CVG Airport

Airborne Flights, Surface Disinfection, & STERAMIST® iHP™ TECHNOLOGY

Products Used:Surface Unit 
Use Site:Cincinnati-North Kentucky International Airport (CVG) 
SummaryCVG Fire Chief uses SteraMist to protect airport locations while avoiding outbreaks and flight interruptions. 

Located within the Cincinnati tristate area, the Cincinnati-North Kentucky International Airport (CVG) serves 5 to 15 million passengers per year. With such a nonstop flow of foot traffic and flights, the risk of interrupted operations could end up being catastrophic to individuals, businesses, employees, and the airport itself. In the effort to keep flight schedules on track, two fire stations are dedicated to standing by the airport to head off potential dangers wherever they might occur. However, the potential for fire isn’t the only looming threat – some are significantly more invisible. A single infected individual could turn the airport into a nexus of spreading pathogens in a heartbeat, turning an airport into an origin point for the next possible pandemic. 

Keeping both threats in his sights, the Fire Department Chief of the CVG sought to add a proactive, preventative measure to his emergency protocols. Approaching the CEO and COO for approval to purchase a top-of-the-line disinfection technology: SteraMist. With a history of carrying out operations against Ebola, SARS, MRSA, and Influenza, the Fire Chief understood microscopic threats and illustrated how critical a disinfection could prove as an addition to their fire and rescue operations. Management soon approved the purchase with the intention to bring SteraMist disinfection into other areas of the airport.

MEETING THE NEED 

With such an expansive campus to cover, one of the central areas of concern was CVG’s Central ID Office where around 200-300 employees pass through daily, scanning badges to help ensure uncompromised airport security. Additionally, critical long-term employee areas such as sleeping quarters, break rooms, fitness areas would need considerable disinfection attention to ensure that airline and airport staff are healthy and ready to keep pace with their schedule. More than that, the Fire Chief looked to disinfect onsite emergency response vehicles and locations (ambulances, police fleets, dispatch centers) to eliminate the risk of escalating infections via cross contamination.

“Another key component of our operations is the ease-of-use and delivery time. [SteraMist provides] quick disinfection effectively – within minutes – for a fast turnaround of our emergency fleet.”

Fire Chief, Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International ARFF

THE RESULT 

With such a slim margin of error when treating these high-traffic and critical vector areas, SteraMist proved to be the ideal solution with an uncompromising mix of application speed and disinfection results. In order to keep to the tight airline schedules and protect passengers, pilots, and employees, the exceptionally fast turnaround time of ionized Hydrogen Peroxide (iHP) proved to be an essential asset. 

The Fire Chief shared that “[a] key component of our operations is the ease of use and delivery time. The SteraMist Surface Unit [provides] quick disinfection effectively within minutes for a fast turnaround of our emergency vehicle fleet,” and added that “SteraMist is paramount in maintaining operations in the wake of Covid-19 because it can be used to decontaminate key equipment, such as radios, cardiac monitors and delicate electronic dispatch control panels.” With dedicated electronic equipment (such as cardiac monitors) costing the department upwards of $26,000, SteraMist further reinforced their bottom line by avoiding expensive replacements in addition to proactive risk mitigation.