April 7, 2020
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) continues to study and learn about how Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads. The CDC states recent studies suggest that people that do not show symptoms (asymptomatic) may still spread the virus, therefore, we should all be practicing social/physical distancing (a minimum of 6 feet) in order to reduce the spread of Coronavirus. According to another recently published study, backed by the National Institutes of Health, Coronavirus can survive up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel.
The CDC recently published information and precautions specific to aircraft maintenance workers. Please carefully review this posting and heed the warnings. The safety of our members remains a priority for AMFA and, with the insights we have gained, we recommend the following to help prevent the spread of the virus:
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must be at the forefront of everyone’s considerations before performing any task.
Hygiene – continue to routinely wash your hands, scrubbing hands for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap before rinsing. If you use hand sanitizer, make sure it the alcohol content is at least 70%. Maintain the habit of not touching your face. Disposable gloves should be utilized when necessary, and ensure proper removal.
Uniforms – it’s suggested that upon returning home after work, remove garments prior to entering living areas of your home, including footwear and outer garments (jackets, rain gear, hoodies, etc.).
Crew Briefings – social/physical distancing practices must be adhered to. This means that each person should maintain a six foot separation from each other.
Face coverings - The CDC is now recommending the use of simple cloth face coverings – saving N95 and surgical masks for frontline medical employees – to help in slowing the spread of the virus.Aircraft Mechanics and Related is an aging workforce. A person’s age has to be a consideration when assessing the exposure risk.
The CDC has indicated that people with existing health conditions are at an elevated risk of catching the virus. So give extra consideration when evaluating your health.
Please take the time increase your awareness and think about your actions BEFORE you take any. The simple things that we are used to doing everyday (like grabbing door knobs, flipping a light switch, pressing elevator buttons, using shared phones, computers, or tooling/equipment, etc) can have dramatic and severe outcomes, which may not be immediately seen; everyone MUST consider their every move and action. Continue to practice thorough hygiene habits by washing your hands frequently and effectively. Refrain from handshakes, avoid touching your face and cover your coughs and sneezes.
Please continue to refer to the Center for Disease Control website for updates and information (www.cdc.gov).
National Safety & Standards Director