The trucking industry is working harder than ever to ensure that the rest of the world keeps going. While most people are asked to stay home during this time, many truck drivers are active on front lines delivering our essential groceries, stocking our shelves, and helping deliver medicine needed to care for the sick.
It is exciting to witness our neighbors, friends and the general public coming to realize the importance and value of some of the hardest working people on the planet – our truck drivers. Amidst the crisis, drivers are working longer than usual hours, facing potential risk with every delivery, and yet they continue to serve.
So now that the rest of the world is catching on to how essential our truck drivers are, we in the industry have a duty to take care of our drivers by putting in place up-to-date safety practices and procedures.
How to quickly update your safety policies and procedures
Thankfully, you don’t have to start from scratch. Use these best practice guides from relevant industry resources.
- The American Trucking Associations has a COVID-19 Health and Wellness site with information from the Center for Disease Control and recommended best practices for in-cab cleaning and sanitation.
- Transport Canada has just released federal safety guidance to protect drivers and limit the potential exposure hazards while out on the road.
- The World Health Organization has a document that covers how to get your workplace ready for COVID-19.
Implementing these best practices and putting some of these policies in place during this volatile time can ease the uncertainty for your drivers and their families. Our actions during this time demonstrates the resilience and safety-minded culture within our proud trucking industry.
For more trucking resources related to COVID-19, be sure to check our COVID-19 Resource Center frequently.
Susan is responsible for the development and execution of EROAD's robust training program in the U.S. With over 10 years’ experience in the regulatory environment, Susan brings knowledge from both carrier and driver perspectives. Susan’s main objective is bridging the gap between customers, product developers, enforcement and regulators to ensure compliance and safety is achieved quickly, easily and with lasting results.