Covid-19 Update

Dear colleague

We hope you find the attached advice helpful – it’s to be used with the government guidance which Russ has kindly sent out.

Everyone needs to assess and manage the risks of COVID-19.

A risk assessment is about identifying sensible measures and doing everything which is reasonably practical to minimise the risk of infection..

The risk cannot be completely eliminated.  The science is complex.

If you have fewer than 5 workers, or are self-employed, you don’t have to write down your risk assessment, but it may help if you do..

These are the steps we recommend you work through:

In every area and vehicle, increase the frequency of hand washing and surface cleaning.

Make every reasonable effort to comply with the social distancing guidelines.

Where social distancing guidelines cannot be followed, take further mitigating actions such as

– using screens or barriers to separate people from each other, and

– removing/re-postioning face-to-face seating.

Assess whether driving can safely go ahead.  Nobody is obliged to work in an unsafe working environment.

Share the results of your risk assessment with your workers and publish it on your website along with updates.

FAQs – BE COVID-19 SECURE

 

Q1 – WHEN SHOULD DRIVERS NOT BE WORKING?

 

.> Drivers, like the general population, should not be working if they are symptomatic or someone they live with is symptomatic.

 

Q2 – HOW CAN DRIVERS WORK SAFELY?

 

> Drivers and passengers should remain at 2 metres distant.  If maintaining 2 metres distance is not possible, other steps should be taken.

 

> Blocking off seats that are in close proximity to the driver should be considered, or requiring a passenger to sit in the rear left-hand seat.

 

> Windows should be kept open if possible and air conditioning/ventilation set to extract, not recirculate the air within the vehicle.

 

Q3 – HOW CAN DRIVERS PERSONALLY PROTECT THEMSELVES AND PASSENGERS?

 

> Drivers and passengers should wash their hands more regularly than normal for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitisers (60%) and tissues.

 

> Drivers are advised to avoid handling money and to use alternative payment methods. They should wash their hands after handling cash.

 

Q4 – WHAT ABOUT FACE COVERINGS AND SCREENS?

 

> Public Health England does not advise the use of medical face masks or gloves for drivers and passengers. Face coverings are positively encouraged..

 

> There is no evidence available to show that driver screens or partitions reduce the risk of transmission of any infection.  They do not provide a full seal.

 

Q5 – WHAT ABOUT CLEANING VEHICLES?

 

> Taxis and PHVs should be thoroughly washed with normal cleaning products at the end of each shift or working day.

 

> After each passenger journey, drivers should clean hard surfaces (e.g. door handles, window winders, seat belts and payment devices) and the rear of front seats/screens.

 

 

FEEL FREE TO CALL FOR FURTHER ADVICE.  barrydcp@aol.comrichard@go-blt.co.uk

 

This advice is based on government guidance up to and including 25 May 2020.

 

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Stay safe – we’re all in this together.

Barry Drinkwater

Chair, ULODA

Uttlesford Licensed Operators & Drivers Association
01279 600644 / 07860 533186