Guidance for drivers on hours of work and access to welfare facilities

Published: Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 09:35

Summary

  1. It has been reported that drivers are not being granted access to welfare facilities.  HSE notes that "Preventing access is against the law, equally it’s not the sensible thing to do."
  2. There is a temporary and limited relaxation of drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland, and Wales for the drivers of vehicles involved in the delivery of: food; non-food (personal care and household paper and cleaning); over the counter pharmaceuticals

Health and Safety issues

  • There is a public information campaign run by the UK Government focusing on handwashing as a preventive measure to avoid the cross-contamination of the Coronavirus. The failure of doing so may result in the increase of the spread of the COVID-19
  • With the relaxation of the working hours of the drivers, it must be clear that the responsibilities of the employers to their employees remain and that the health and safety of these professionals referred must not be compromised.

Recommendations

  • PSS encourage all members to visit the latest HSE e-Bulletin which provides Guidance for drivers on temporary arrangements for hours of work and access to welfare facilities, by clicking below

  hse guidance for drivers   

  • PSS refers again to the Public information campaign focusing on handwashing and recommends our members to watch the NHS video below