Archive for April, 2020

Keeping Truck Drivers Safe from COVID-19

 The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the everyday reality of work-life across the United States. As the disease forces millions of workers to social distance from home, many truck drivers are still part of the essential workforce bravely supporting the nation at this critical moment. Being an essential worker means facing intensified levels of health risk. The risk also increases for truck drivers adjusting to unfamiliar and stressful work situations and environments. Companies are dealing with new challenges in protecting their employees from infection and assisting drivers who do get sick. Drivers worry about where to get medical help or how to self-quarantine if they get sick far from home. As a result, one of the biggest lessons being learned is that it’s crucial to include a sickness prevention and response strategy in your company safety program. You can begin such a strategy using a few basic steps in the attached tip sheet.  

Click on the following links from Keep Trucking Safe for more COVID-19 prevention tips:

You Can’t Touch This

Covering Your Cough and Sneeze

Managing COVID-19’s Impacts on Driver Stress

Handwashing: Your Protection Against Infection

Social Distancing

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You Can’t Touch This

Touching germ-laden surfaces is another way that people can catch the COVID-19 virus. That’s why it’s important to keep commonly touched surfaces clean and disinfected. In addition to social distancing, handwashing, and covering coughs and sneezes, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces is a key way to stop virus germs from entering your body. Gravity causes airborne germs from an infected person’s uncovered cough or sneeze to land somewhere, even on a surface that you touch. Germs can get into your vehicle and on your equipment, and they can stay viable there for hours or even days. If you are not social distancing at home, you have a higher risk of getting sick by touching a contaminated surface. Taking steps to clean and disinfect surfaces in your immediate work area can help prevent future grief if germs are present. The following tips show you how to clean and disinfect surfaces to protect your health.

Click on the following links from Keep Trucking Safe for more COVID-19 prevention materials:

Covering Your Cough and Sneeze

Managing COVID-19’s Impacts on Driver Stress

Handwashing: Your Protection Against Infection

Social Distancing

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Don’t Let a Cough or Sneeze Spread Disease

Usually, they go unnoticed, but in these trying times of COVID-19, a simple cough or sneeze can be fatal. While a cough or sneeze are just the body’s natural responses to keeping its airways clear, they can also spread germs that can cause disease. When germs become airborne, they can be inhaled by other people or settle on surfaces that people touch with their hands. As the daily news reports swelling numbers of infections and deaths, we know with certainty that COVID-19 is highly contagious and easily spread. As a result, we all have to work together to protect our health in this unprecedented moment. Following simple hygiene tips like covering your cough or sneeze, washing your hands often, and social distancing can go a long way to slowing the spread of disease and keeping you and other people around you safe and healthy. The tip sheet below shows you the proper way to cover your cough and sneeze. It is a simple form of disease prevention, but one that requires a little knowledge and preparation to make sure it’s effective.       

Click on the following links from Keep Trucking Safe for more COVID-19 prevention materials:

Managing COVID-19’s Impacts on Driver Stress

Handwashing: Your Protection Against Infection

Social Distancing

 

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Handwashing: Your Protection Against Infection

Safety and health are in your hands and at your fingertips. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stress that frequent handwashing is the best first-line personal protection against catching and spreading COVID-19. Truck drivers certainly have good reason to take notice of the CDC’s advice. Loading freight, making deliveries, fueling, eating in public areas, and using public restrooms are just some of the ways that truck drivers touch objects covered with germs that cause disease. Most times you never know who touched the fuel pump, ATM keypad, or cooler door before you did or how often those surfaces get disinfected. So why take a chance on your health when you can simply wash your hands to avoid sickness? But proper handwashing requires following some basic guidelines such as when to use soap versus hand sanitizer, and whether you should wash your hands before, during or after certain tasks and activities. Use this tip sheet, Handwashing: Your Protection Against Infection to brush up on the skills and knowledge needed to make hand hygiene one of your best defenses against COVID-19.

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