Hereby we publish recommendations for a most secure handling of SPORTident equipment used at orienteering events.
The main SPORTident products are SI-Cards and SI-Stations. The housing of these products is made by plastic with a very smooth surface. Infectious material does not stay to it well. A possibly adhering Corona virus becomes inactive after a few hours. So, the risk basically is low that such a SPORTident product is contaminated with viruses.
SI control stations are touched by the course setters when setting out and retrieving. Only one person should contact the stations at this process. After having finished the service a careful disinfection of operators hands is needed.
The SI stations should be disinfected after application. We recommend the use of alcohol-based surface disinfectants, preferably with 70% isopropanol or 80% ethanol. Other surface disinfectants could damage the plastic surface of our products.
We recommend that you always work with personal SI-Cards owned by the athletes.
If it is necessary to work with hired SI-Cards the card and band should be issued separately. The athlete takes both from one storage container each and touches only one piece each. A SI-Card has to be used only once at one event. The participant returns both parts separately. The elastic band should be washed afterwards. If the SI-Card will be used again within two days a disinfection is recommended.
The athletes should not touch the stations during the race.
Card readout and event evaluation
The SI-Card readout process should be done by the athlete. The readout station has to be separated from the operator by using a longer cable offering a distance of 2 meters.
Quick result sheets are recommended only if the printout is cut automatically and no interaction by a second person is needed.