Health Protection Restrictions Regulation & Employment Law Bulletin

Let’s, first of all, dispel the misinformation concerning road transport operations:

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued new guidance aimed at businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Among other things, the guidance says:

  • with the exception of some non-essential shops and public venues, businesses should stay open if at all possible
  • staff should work from home if they are able
  • you should do everything you can to enable your staff to work from home
  • you and your staff should not travel to work unless it’s absolutely necessary
  • you and your staff should observe social distancing and hygiene guidelines while travelling or working in the office

What that means for you…

It’s important that you try to keep operating. As road transport operators, however, you are unlikely to be able to have all your staff work from home. An obvious example of staff who need to travel is your drivers.

While they are on the road, you should make sure they understand the need to:

  • maintain enough distance (2 metres) from other people
  • wash their hands thoroughly and regularly

For your other staff, you should seriously consider whether they really need to work from your operating centre or office. If they can do their job from home, you should do everything you can to allow this.

Read the guidance for more information and any updates.