This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.
As part of a commitment to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus, NATA today launched its new Safety 1st Clean standard for FBOs. The voluntary program incorporates best practices from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the maintenance of a safe environment, including cleaning and disinfection methods for all surfaces and areas of the terminal. It includes a checklist for companies to follow for self-certification and the right to display the Safety 1st Clean logo.
The document states that all organizations must adopt a hazard communication program, with workers receiving training to prevent the spread of disease. Such instruction will consist of implementing social distancing, using proper hygiene at work including the use of PPE, and staying home if aware of exposure to illness. Companies must also institute policies for evaluating the health of team members prior to and during work hours.
Certain areas such as crew lounges, snooze rooms, company transport vehicles, and high-touch areas must be cleaned and disinfected after each use.
“The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic around the world brought the entire aviation industry to a grinding halt in a way that many of us were unprepared for,” said NATA senior v-p Ryan Waguespack. “As flight activities continue to increase, NATA felt it was critical to develop and provide Safety 1st Clean for free to the entire business aviation community to maintain safe and successful operations moving forward and to be better prepared for future outbreaks.”