Protecting our drivers and your warehouse staff
As the situation regarding Coronavirus has continued to develop across the UK, haulers are now taking sensible precautions to reduce the risks whilst ensuring there is minimal disruption to their operational performance.
One area identified as a concern for both the delivery points and the drivers, when making collections or deliveries. This act provides close contact between two or more persons and increases the risk of infection.
We are therefore looking to retain as many of our current systems and working practices whilst still ensuring the risk of infection to our employees and others at collection/delivery points is kept to an absolute minimum. We are monitoring and following guidance given by the NHS, UK Government, Public Health England, and the World Health Organisation (W.H.O).
As a result, with your understanding and agreement, we will be issuing our drivers to:
- Only exit their vehicles to open the curtains and unstrap the freight (where required) when the area is clear.
- Retreat to a distance of at least 2m from any other person when the vehicle is ready for loading/unloading.
- Only return to secure any freight and the vehicle when the operative loading/unloading is at least 2m away.
- Refrain from obtaining signed POD’s. All POD documentation will contain the date, time and name but this will be printed by the driver to prevent close contact. In this instance, the document will be uploaded to the IT system, as is the usual procedure.
We will be issuing guidance to all employees to use social distancing to remain 2m away from any person, wherever practicable and we ask for your understanding at this difficult time which will aid us in reducing the risks relating to COVID-19 entering our workplaces.
Thank you for your understanding and support at this time.