NTSB is committed to protecting the health and safety of our staff and others visiting our facilities (headquarters, regional offices, and Training Center) by implementing measures consistent with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to mitigate COVID-19 exposure.
Before Your Arrival
To ensure NTSB’s COVID-19 safety requirements are clearly communicated and followed, NTSB assigns a staff member point of contact (POC) to all visitors.
Your assigned POC will ask you to take the following steps in advance of your visit:
- Complete NTSB’s COVID-19 vaccination status attestation form that will come to you via email from your NTSB POC. DO NOT send the form back to NTSB but print it or save the form on your device and have it with you when you arrive at our facility. You will be asked to show this form upon arrival and keep it with you during your visit.
- If you are not fully vaccinated or decline to provide information about your vaccination status, you must provide proof of a negative viral COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen test, that has been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration) completed within 3 days before your scheduled NTSB visit. You are responsible for paying for your test. Share proof of your test results with your NTSB POC upon arrival at the NTSB facility and keep your test results, either hard copy or electronic, on you at all times during your visit. Test results should not be sent electronically to NTSB.
- Review the NTSB Safety Requirements in advance to ensure you are aware of and follow NTSB’s COVID-19 safety requirements.
- Complete a self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms using the questions below before arriving at our location.
- Have you experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 48 hours*: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea? (*Does not apply to chronic medical conditions unless the severity in the past 48 hours has increased.)
- Within the past 14 days have you been in close physical contact (6 feet or closer for a cumulative total of 15 minutes) with a person who is known to have laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 or with anyone who has any symptoms consistent with COVID-19?
- Are you isolating or quarantining because you may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 or are worried that you may be sick with COVID-19?
- Are you currently waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test (for reasons other than travel requirements)?
- Respond to your NTSB POC who will follow up with visitors 3-5 days after the visit to ensure that you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19.
NTSB Safety Requirements
Follow Masking and Distancing Requirements
All NTSB visitors must follow these requirements regardless of vaccination status:
- Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth inside our facilities.
- Maintain as much distance from others as possible. Strive for a minimum of 6 feet of separation.
- Follow all NTSB safety signage in our facilities, including signs in elevators, common areas, and hallways.
- Only one person is allowed in a restroom at a time. Knock before entering a restroom and use the “In Use/Vacant” sign on the door if available.
Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from getting sick. Washing hands can keep you healthy and prevent the spread of respiratory and diarrheal infections from one person to the next. Germs can spread from other people or surfaces when you:
- Touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Prepare or eat food and drinks with unwashed hands
- Blow your nose, cough, or sneeze into hands and then touch other people’s hands or common objects
- After you have been in a public place and touched an item or surface that may be frequently touched by other people, such as door handles, tables, gas pumps, shopping carts, or electronic cashier registers/screens, etc.
Follow these five steps every time you wash your hands:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Use hand sanitizer when you can’t use soap and water. Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. You can tell if the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol by looking at the product label. Sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in many situations. However, sanitizers do not get rid of all types of germs, may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy, and might not remove harmful chemicals from hands like pesticides and heavy metals.
How to use hand sanitizer:
- Apply the gel product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).
- Rub your hands together.
- Rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. This should take around 20 seconds.