March 25, 2020
by Jarid King, president, King Aerospace Companies
Aviation plays a vital role in keeping our economy strong and our nation safe. Our commitment to the work we do extends beyond corporate and military aircraft support services. It’s people, too, from our customers to our team. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spurred us to take unprecedented steps to keep our King Aerospace family safe while advancing our often mission-critical work at home and abroad.
Planning for Wellness
Hope is not a strategy. Our proactive, problem-solving attitude has led us to develop and follow an infectious disease preparedness and response plan. It includes such basic prevention measures as maintaining a six-foot separation between team members whenever possible, frequent wiping down of communal areas and tools, and encouraging people to stay home if sick. Anyone who has had contact with a known or potentially infected person is asked to self-quarantine at home for 14 days.
The Center for Disease Control’s hygienic recommendations regarding preventative measures and identification of COVID-19 symptoms has become our go-to reading. We encourage you to review them, too.
Ongoing communications with our team encourage following the latest COVID-19 best practices, including guidance provided by OSHA.
Proper hand washing continues to be one of the best ways to prevent virus transmission. Signs at all washbasins remind team members to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds. Conveniently locating alcohol-based hand sanitizer throughout our facilities decontaminates and lessens the spread of germs.
Work-related team travel is now limited to emergency situations only. Personal flights must be reported to supervisors before team members return to the workplace. Videoconferencing and online collaboration tools are encouraged over face-to-face meetings involving more than 10 people.
Honesty and Trust
Our cornerstone principles guide us to be transparent and forthright in our response to COVID-19. Thankfully, no King Aerospace employee has tested positive for COVID-19. If that changes, we will investigate possible points of contacts with others and will individually notify those potentially exposed. We are monitoring and responding to COVID-19 developments in real time. This pandemic has our full attention.