Transportation Services Health and Safety During COVID-19
by Anika Baboun
The COVID-19 pandemic puts immense pressure on transportation workers and services globally. “The current crisis puts a spotlight on safety in logistics and transportation,” says Carly West, Director Analyst, Gartner. “As capacity continues to tighten and we have fewer and fewer drivers on the road, it’s a requirement to keep them safe. And while safety is especially important now, it should be a key issue for logistics leaders at all times. Fortunately, there’s a variety of technologies at our disposal that increase driver safety, but also help run more efficient operations now and in the world after COVID-19.” Every workplace is unique which makes it so important that every workplace assess functions carried out by their workforce to ensure they take action to protect against the hazards presented by exposure to COVID-19.
During the COVID-19 outbreak, we all need to do our part to keep workers, customers and the public safe and healthy so we can stop the spread and prepare to reopen, when we are ready. All existing safety, sanitation, and infection control standards established by licensing agencies and public health authorities are still in effect and enforced. To remain resilient and protect yourself from some of the risk of exposure to COVID-19, consider the following options:
Keep Informed and Communicate: It is recommended that businesses or individuals create a COVID-19 safety plan to assist in putting the controls into place to make the workplace safer for everyone.
Eliminate or minimize exposure: Practicing social distancing as much as possible.
Disinfection and sanitizing: Increase the cleaning frequency of your workspace. Be sure to follow safe practices when using a cleaning agent and use an appropriate cleaner for the job.
For some people it is not an option not to use public transportation and as a result, workers must continue working. But the necessary measures can be taken by both parties in order to ensure safety and resilience. Consider avoiding activities where taking protective measures may be difficult, such as activities where social distancing can’t be maintained. Everyone should take steps to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19 to protect themselves, their communities, and people who are at increased risk of severe illness.