How to stay safe during the Coronavirus outbreak
01/05/2020
How to stay safe during the Coronavirus outbreak

The logistics industry is still very much up and running – and essential – during the Coronavirus outbreak. Those working in the sector are still having contact with others and dealing with the daily realities of life with a virus that can survive on surfaces for 24 - 72 hours. So, how can you stay safe during these uncertain times?
 

  • Check every load before you start out. Before you quote or accept a booking check the load details to ensure that you’re still required and also to establish whether there are any specific requirements for pickup or delivery.
     
  • Be especially alert for overseas bookings. If you’re going to be working between the UK and another country there may be specific rules and regulations in place that you now need to follow.
     
  • Avoid hard copies. Do as much as you can digitally to avoid any potential for virus transfer on surfaces such as paper. That may mean speaking to customers in advance to see if they need a hard copy POD and what kind of alternatives that would accept (e.g. a photo of a signature).
     
  • Use disinfectant wipes in the vehicle. Regularly clean down the surfaces you touch the most, such as the steering wheel, hand break and other controls.
     
  • Protect your phone. Make sure you’re the only one touching your phone – don’t hand it over to others to see something or use it to sign or search. Regularly wipe down and disinfect your phone in case there is anything on the surface.
     
  • If someone else looks sick – or tells you they have COVID-19 – keep your distance. As much as you can, make sure that you don’t have direct contact with anyone who has, or thinks that they may have, the virus.
     
  • Wash your hands. Of all the precautions that any of us can take to protect ourselves right now the most important of all is to ensure that you are regularly washing your hands.
     
  • Don’t touch your face. When you’re out and about try to avoid touching eyes, lips, cheeks or any of the skin of your face as you may infect yourself if you have the virus on your hands.
     
  • If you’re sick, be cautious. There are currently no tests available for those outside of hospital so few people really know if they have Coronavirus. Be cautious – cough or sneeze into your elbow – and if you’re using tissues then dispose of these carefully. Isolate if you think you have symptoms.
     
  • Use hand sanitiser. Keep some with you if you can and use it wherever you see it. But remember that it’s not a substitute for washing your hands.
     
  • Use a mask if you have it but don’t go out of your way to get one. Currently, most of the advice re masks is that they are only really necessary if you have Coronavirus as they can stop you passing it on to others.
 
These are challenging times for those in logistics who need to keep working despite the Coronavirus pandemic. However, these tips will help you to stay safe and also minimise any risk you present to others, especially those who are older or more vulnerable.

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