Paradise Helicopters Pledges to Meet COVID Clean Standards that Exceed Current Guidelines
In order to protect guests, staff, our local community and visitors, Paradise Helicopters recently signed the “COVID Clean” pledge proposed to the industry by Helicopter Association International (HAI), to maintain an elevated level of cleanliness, sanitization, and monitoring to do our part in fighting the spread of COVID-19.
The “COVID Clean” pledge is a product of HAI and provides a list of steps that companies must agree to do when signing the pledge. These steps include sanitizing the helicopter between flights and conducting a deeper cleaning each night following procedures recommended by the manufacturer of the helicopter. Additionally, Paradise Helicopters employees will wear masks and other appropriate personal protective equipment when working with the public, and maintain cleanliness standards in publicly accessible areas of the facility.
The HAI COVID Clean Pledge reads:
As a helicopter operator, we affirm that our highest priority is the safety of our customers, our crew, and the public. We are committed to ensuring our passengers are protected in every possible manner. Therefore, we pledge to:
- Meet or exceed any applicable federal, state, or municipal regulation introduced to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases.
- Disinfect our aircraft, according to manufacturer recommendations, between every flight.
- Conduct a deeper cleaning of our aircraft every night, according to manufacturer recommendations, or as often as necessary.
- Continuously clean or disinfect our waiting area, our counters, our restrooms, and any other publicly accessible area of our facility.
- Require our flight and ground crews to use masks and gloves as long as recommended by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and or the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Avoid transporting anyone who is visibly ill during our check-in process.
- Recommend the use of masks and gloves to our passengers, making these Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items available to those who need them.
The Helicopter Association International is a not-for-profit professional trade association of 2,500-plus member organizations in more than 68 nations.
“The health and safety of our guests, staff, and community is our number one focus.” explains Dan Malakie, Director of Safety and Standardization. “This is why we are also pursuing compliance to Hawai’i County’s Gold Star Business standards as well, which outline an even higher level of cleanliness and vigilance than the current standard recommendations & guidelines. Safety is at the core of everything we do. We want to reopen to the public under the safest conditions possible.”
According to the County of Hawaii Research & Development website, “The County of Hawaiʻi awards businesses with the Gold Star when they’ve passed all necessary safety requirements by the State of Hawaiʻi and implemented additional requirements by the county, the Department of Health, and the Hawaiʻi Fire Department.”