Critical Issues in Aviation and the Environment 2014: Public Health in Aviation

This chapter is part of an e-circular that explores issues that address the major environmental components affected by aviation activities, sustainable solutions that have evolved and continue to be developed to minimize aviation’s environmental impacts, and key processes that link aviation and the environment. The focus of the e-circular is on the state of science and on identification of priority research with potential to yield benefits. This paper discusses issues related to public health and aviation. The public health aspects of airports have been traditionally regulated by local public health agencies and laws which govern such activities as food safety in commercial kitchens, indoor air and water quality, and asbestos and lead exposures. In recent years, however, there has been a new focus on the impacts of airport development on public health in areas such as walkability, access to healthy food, natural light, and contingency planning for the spread of infectious diseases. Attention is increasingly being paid to overall physical health, occupational health and safety, mental health and well-being, and community livability as contributors to public health. The current state of research, future vision and research needs on this topic are described. A list of additional resources is also included.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Pagination: pp 103-107
  • Monograph Title: Critical Issues in Aviation and the Environment 2014
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01529931
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 25 2014 9:19AM