Communicable Disease Preparedness: Risk Matrix for Health Safety Hazards

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assumed a leadership role in developing a preparedness plan for communicable disease in air travel and identifying associated research needs. The FAA’s approach to the planning effort is to use its existing Safety Risk Management (SRM) process, as documented in FAA Order 8040.4B, to determine the risk of transmission of a disease requiring flight-related contact tracing within a population of airline passengers and cabin crewmembers between the times of population formation and dispersion and the expected impacts of mitigation activities. The FAA will then use the SRM outputs as inputs to the preparedness planning activity, thereby making the later risk-based and data-driven. The FAA established a SRM team in February 2022, which quickly identified a challenge in extending the existing 8040.4 risk matrices to the hazard of a passenger with a communicable disease. This research project will explore how the FAA Order 8040.4B risk assessment matrix can be adapted for application to health safety risks, with communicable disease transmission in air travel serving as the archetype. The research will output a risk matrix and documentation of its derivation.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $570,000
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Federal Aviation Administration Office of Aerospace Medicine

      800 Independence Ave., SW
      DC, Washington  United States  20591
    • Managing Organizations:

      Civil Aerospace Medical Institute-Federal Aviation Administration

      P.O. Box 25082
      Oklahoma City, OK  United States  73125
    • Project Managers:

      Tvaryanas, Anthony

    • Performing Organizations:


      7525 Colshire Drive
      McLean, VA  United States  22102-7539
    • Principal Investigators:

      Anderegg, Andy

    • Start Date: 20220829
    • Expected Completion Date: 20230929
    • Actual Completion Date: 20231117
    • USDOT Program: Aeromedical Research

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01860748
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Federal Aviation Administration
    • Contract Numbers: 693KA8-22-C-00001
    • Files: RIP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Oct 8 2022 2:30PM