CAAC has published advice in English for safe operation of civil aviation in response to the COVID-19
In China, the CAAC has published advice in English for safe operation of civil aviation in response to the COVID-19, for both airlines and airports.
Preventing Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Guideline for Airlines – 3rd Edition and Preventing Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Guideline for Airports – 3rd Edition Issued 10/03/2020, this includes guidance for maintenance workers
- Aircraft Maintenance
6.1 PPE of Maintenance Crew
The following prevention and protection measures should apply when replacing a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter:
6.1.1 One should wear a particulate matter protection mask or medical protection mask, snood cap or disposable mop cap, goggles, disposable protective suits, medical rubber gloves and disposable shoe covers.
6.1.2 The mask should be close to the face. Do not touch and adjust the mask, goggles and protective cap during operation.
6.1.3 Avoid hitting, dropping, or shaking the HEPA filter. Do not use compressed air to clean the filter. Used HEPA should be placed in a special plastic bag, disinfected with chlorine disinfectant and sealed. 6.1.4 After the task is completed, the maintenance staff disinfects the hands first, then removes the protective equipment in order, and then disinfects the hands again.
6.1.5 Discarded disposable protections should be placed in dedicated plastic bags and sealed CAAC for centralized disposal.
6.2 Routine Maintenance
6.2.1 During ground operation and maintenance, aircraft auxiliary power unit (APU) should be used for ventilation, and avoid using bridge load air source. After arrival, doors of cabin and cargo compartment should be opened for ventilation before performing maintenance work and extend the natural ventilation time.
6.2.2 HEPA filters should be replaced in accordance with standards specified in the manufacturer’s manual, and the replacing process should be in strict compliance with the prevention and protection requirements of the Aircraft Maintenance Manual, and refer to the personal prevention and protection program for aircraft maintenance personnel.