The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is introducing Safety 1st Clean, an infectious disease response cleaning standard for FBOs. The Safety 1st Clean standard is free to the public and produced by the NATA Safety Committee and COVID Task Force to provide general guidance on facility cleaning, disinfecting and facility operations in response to a pandemic. The goal of this standard is to safeguard FBO team members, corporate assets and the general flying public.
“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,” states NATA senior vice president 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.”
NATA and its membership are committed to helping mitigate the risk of the spread of contagious diseases, but also understand that no cleaning and disinfecting standard is failsafe. It says that this standard represents industry best practices and government agency guidance.
The Safety 1st Clean standard also provides a self-certification process that allows FBOs to highlight their conformance to this standard by displaying the Safety 1st Clean logo. Upon completing the self-certification checklist, an FBO can send it and other required documentation outlined in the document to NATA.