Healthcare experts to train at-risk Sea-Tac workers on infection control practices

Healthcare experts will hold trainings this week for Sea-Tac workers on best practices for infection control to ensure the health & safety of everyone who works at or travels through our airport. These trainings are a response to increasing concerns from workers and the traveling public that current practices may be insufficient to prevent the spread of infectious disease at our airport.

Who: Cabin cleaners, wheelchair attendants, and other airport workers who can be exposed to blood, vomit, and other bodily fluids on the job. These workers are employed by airport contractors, which are hired by Alaska, Delta, and other airlines at Sea-Tac. Representatives of these contractor companies have also been invited to attend.

What: Receive training on infection control from healthcare experts. The training will cover current guidance from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA). This includes guidelines for cleaning airplane cabins and lavatories, for cleaning an area with possible Ebola exposure, and for determining which equipment employers are required to supply.

WhenFriday, November 7th. Two trainings: 11:00 am and 3:00 pm

Where: Sea-Tac Airport — Amsterdam Room. The Amsterdam Room is located before security, on the mezzanine level above checkpoint #1.

Sea-Tac airport workers regularly come into contact with blood, vomit, urine, and other bodily fluids from wheelchairs, aircraft cabins, and bathrooms, often without receiving the basic cleaning equipment and proper training needed to keep themselves and the public safe. 

This infection control training is sponsored by Working Washington, SEIU Local 6, Teamsters Local 117, and OneAmerica.


Contact: Sage Wilson, Working Washington,

Working Washington unites low-wage workers to fight for a fair economy where everyone can support themselves, afford the basics, and contribute to the economy. We launched the fast food strikes that sparked the fight for $15 in Seattle; we helped lead the successful campaign to pass $15 in SeaTac; and we work in coalition with unions, faith groups, and grassroots organizations to hold corporations & politicians accountable to community needs.