HSE drivers’ welfare inspections


Drivers’ welfare at delivery and collection sites during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Driver access to welfare facilities


Businesses which make or receive deliveries should ensure drivers have easy and safe access to toilets and handwashing facilities.

The legal responsibility to provide access to these facilities lies with whoever controls the premises drivers are visiting.

We are hearing reports that some drivers are not being allowed to use welfare facilities when they deliver. This is against the law and, with the latest advice for hands to be washed regularly, failure to allow access to welfare facilities may increase the risk of COVID-19 spreading.

We are taking these reports seriously and have issued a joint open letter from HSE and the Department for Transport (PDF)– Portable Document Format on the requirements. This is to reassure drivers and remind businesses of their legal duties.

Social distancing in drivers’ waiting or rest rooms


You should manage the safety of visiting drivers in line with our existing guidance by providing dedicated waiting areas with welfare and rest room facilities for them.

During the coronavirus pandemic you should put in place arrangements to ensure drivers can follow good handwashing procedures and maintain social distancing. Make sure drivers understand what they should do to follow your site social distancing rules.

If existing facilities allow drivers to maintain social distancing, there may be no need to make any changes.

Changing where drivers wait

If your existing facilities do not allow drivers to maintain social distancing, you could relocate the waiting area, or it may be safer – as a temporary measure – for drivers to remain in their cab during loading or unloading.

If you make changes to your current arrangements, think about how you’ll continue to reduce the risk of drive-away incidents and how drivers can be allowed to safely access welfare facilities.

 

Reference: https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/drivers-transport-delivery.htm?utm_source=linkedin&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=coronavirus-transport-nov20&utm_term=workright&utm_content=drivers-transport-delivery

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