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Advice for Staff who use vehicles at work

Updated 20/05/2020

Whilst the message in Scotland is to “stay at home”, when businesses do begin to reopen, it is important that staff can work safely and their health and wellbeing is supported.

The UK government has produced guidance on use of vehicles at work. The guidance is to help employers, employees and the self-employed in the UK understand how to work safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The guidance covers working from or in vehicles, including couriers, mobile workers, lorry drivers, on-site transit and work vehicles and similar. It also gives a practical framework to assist you with thinking about the actions you need to take to continue, or restart, operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This guidance should help employers think about how to prepare for a return to work. The government is clear that workers should not be forced into an unsafe workplace.       


Advice for Staff who Travel to Work on Public Transport

Updated: 07/04/2020

If your staff are not key workers you should not be asking them to travel to work as we need lower numbers of people on our trains and buses to allow key workers to maintain social distancing.

If your staff are key workers and using public transport, this can be a stressful time for them, but encouraging them to follow the points below will help to protect them and others:

  • Don’t travel if you feel unwell, you may risk spreading the virus to others.
  • Try to maintain social distancing by sitting in quieter parts of the train or bus and keeping apart from other travellers as much as possible at stations and bus stops.
  • Load up your travel card before travelling or use contactless card to pay for tickets
  • Try to travel at off peak or outside the busiest travel times.  (As an employer can you be more flexible with start and finish times at the moment?)
  • The virus can survive on surfaces and is transferred by contact between these and your hands.  Be aware whenever you are touching handrails, poles, seats and stair bannisters for example and wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before you travel and as soon as possible after using public transport. 
  • Avoid contacting your face when travelling.  If you bite your nails or are used to brushing your hair from your eyes, this could be something you need to really think about.
  • Don’t eat or drink while travelling.
  • Follow advice on coughing and sneezing into a tissue while travelling and please put the tissues in a bin to avoid risk to cleaning staff and other travellers.
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