Friday | 03 April | 2020
By Anja van den Berg
South Africa is currently in a state of lockdown to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, essential services – including logistics, transport, delivery – are still active.
Drivers are at considerable risk of contracting COVID-19, and it is therefore critical that companies involved in this sector go above and beyond to keep drivers (and receivers) as safe as possible.
Whether you’re a fleet manager or a driver, you’ll want to take heed of the following precautionary steps:
Step 1: Rigid routine of handwashing and sterilising
A rigid policy of sanitising your hands every time you enter or leave a building or make contact with another person is essential. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before embarking on each trip. But washing alone may not be sufficient. If you have the virus on your hands and only sanitise your hands once you are inside the vehicle, you could potentially have brought the virus into the vehicle already. You also need to disinfect contact points regularly.
Step 2: Disinfect your vehicle
Contact points in your vehicle include the following:
- Door handles
- Steering wheel
- Gear shift lever
- Infotainment system
- Arm rests
Do not forget areas that someone else may have touched, such as the levers controlling items like indicators, the rear-view mirror and the levers that move the seats.
These areas need to be cleaned with an alcohol-based disinfectant.
If someone travels with you for a short period, be sure to sanitise anything they have touched on their exit. If you stop to refuel, disinfect the fuel card.
Step 3: Sanitise your merchandise
If you receive stock or merchandise, spray or wipe it down with disinfectant. Also, sterilise any areas other people may have been in contact with upon collection. Consider using rubber gloves when items are handed to you directly. Keep a plastic bag for items like used gloves and empty beverage containers – carefully dispose of the pack at the end of each day. When your shift or errand ends, thoroughly disinfect the vehicle so your colleagues know that they can use it with peace of mind.
South African Government: https://www.gov.za/Coronavirus/essential-services
* All information was correct at the time of publication.