Transports

People are every day more mobile and transport means are developing. Public transport systems carry more and more people who travel always with increased facility from one destination to another.

The major features of the public transport systems are the high rate of use, the diversity and promiscuity of travellers. We also know that infectious diseases are more easily transmitted, and in a epidemic mode, in closed environments, in particular where a large number of people live in close contact.

As we have seen with the propagation of the H1N1 A Influenza virus (swine influenza), worldwide propagation of a virus can now go extremely fast. With the strong expansion of trade exchanges across all the regions of our planet and the increased mobility of people, a virus can spread very quickly throughout the world.

Being used by a larger number of individuals and characterized by the important promiscuity between users, transports have numerous sources of contamination which may promote the expansion of infections. Infectious diseases are transmitted much more easily and quickly in closed environments where there is a steady heavy flow of individuals.

Air/train/sea transport

The expansion of goods transportation as well as that of individuals enhances the quick circulation of infectious agents, whether it be within a town, a country or the whole world. The disinfection of these transport means allows a significant decrease in contamination risks, and in a specific virus circulation risk from one country to another.

Major clients: SNCB (Belgian national railroad company)

Linen transport

The management of the surgical linen is now a real challenge for many hospital decision makers. In effect, linen management is part of the global organization for the prevention of the infectious risk. The accreditation approach makes it a production and logistical function in its own right, engaging the various stakeholders at every step and deserving to be driven by a quality systems in terms of service provided. Because, hidden behind the hygiene concern lies the nosocomial risk. Disinfecting all the linen following the washing limits any potential for contamination.

Major clients: Initial BTB, Elis, RLD

Ambulances, fire fighters

Ambulances and firefighter vehicles are used for transporting ill or injured persons. These are weakened persons who are, therefore, at greater risk to get an infection. The source of the infection may be the material used or the ambulance staff/firefighters. At the same time, the patients may themselves contaminate the ambulance staff/firefighters. It is also possible that the material or the ambulance staff/firefighters carryover the pathogens of a patient to another patient. The problem is similar to nosocomial infection, although being legally considered as distinct, as it is impossible to control the environment in which people are being taken from. Therefore, ambulance staff and firefighters must follow strict cleaning and disinfection protocols.

Major clients: Essonne Departmental Fire Service, ambulances (List on request)