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We have put together this practical guide to help you better understand the latest Government guidelines on keeping you and your employees safe while using vehicles during the pandemic.
We know not all businesses are the same so it is important to take into account the specific nature of your business and relevant actions required, including the size and type of business, how it is organised, operated, managed and regulated.
For more detailed information on the Government’s ‘Working safely during COVID-19’ guide, please visit: gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19 , you can also visit gov.uk for more general guidance.
Please note that this guidance does not supersede any legal obligations within existing Health and Safety legislation.
It is important to be alert to the risks to keep both you and your employees safe. This assessment must show how you will reduce the risk to the lowest reasonably practicable level by taking preventative measures. Please note that the term ‘workplace’ also applies to vehicles and in line with best practice, you should aim to implement measures that prevent and minimise contact, using the principles focussed on physical separation as the most preferred option.
Preventative measures include:
As part of your assessment you should consider whether employees and others working on your behalf are especially vulnerable to COVID-19.
What happens next?
Once you have carried out the risk assessment, it is important to:
Social distancing has become the norm and must be carried out in all aspects of our daily lives wherever possible. This means also adopting these measures whilst at work, including:
Of course, it is not always possible to keep the recommended distance inside vehicles and changing vehicle configurations to create more space may not be practical. Therefore, you should always consider whether the activity is necessary for the business to operate. If it is, then it is important to take all the mitigating actions possible to reduce the risk of transmission between staff.
Useful tips for social distancing
There are a number of things that can be done, such as:
Where workers are unable to work effectively by maintaining a social distance, it is very important that appropriate mitigation measures are introduced to minimise the risk of transmission. These might include: