The pandemic continues to rage on across the United States. As cases rise, it’s incredibly important that everyone does their part to ensure that Covid-19 doesn’t spread at higher rates. This includes in the workplace.
As a truck driver, your exposure may be significantly less, but it is not zero. You still need to be proactive about spreading or experiencing any of the coronavirus.
Tips to protect yourself from Covid-19 on the job
Being alone in a truck doesn’t stop your exposure to Covid-19, but there are ways to protect yourself from it:
- Practice proper hand hygiene – The best way to avoid infection is by washing your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You may use hand sanitizer, but you should wash your hands after unloading cargo, fueling, using the restroom or eating food.
- Disinfect any surface you touch – It’s a smart move to disinfect the truck whenever you start your drive, including the wheel, buckle, seat belt, seat cover, wiper controls and dashboard. You should also disinfect after touching cargo or product in your haul.
- Wear a mask – If you are working in a team or unloading cargo, make sure to wear a mask any time you are in public. A mask is an important, necessary tool to prevent the spread of the airborne disease.
- Limit contact with other people – Along with wearing a mask, you need to social distance whenever you’re working with other people. If you limit time outside your truck cab or minimize contact with your distribution, you will successfully distance yourself.
Following these protocols should help you while you continue to adjust to the norms set by the pandemic.