Let drivers use toilets and welfare facilities
19 March 2020
The Health & Safety Executive is insisting HGV drivers must have access to on-premises toilet and welfare facilities.
There have been reports of some fearful companies refusing access to visiting drivers.
The HSE said: “All drivers must have access to welfare facilities in the premises they visit as part of their work.
“We are hearing reports that some drivers are not being allowed to use welfare facilities when they deliver. Preventing access is against the law, equally it’s not the sensible thing to do.
“Drivers must have access to welfare facilities in the premises they visit as part of their work. Those who already provide reasonable access to toilets and handwashing facilities should continue to do so.
“With the latest advice for hands to be washed regularly, failure to allow access to welfare facilities may increase the risk of the COVID-19 infection spreading.”
Sally Gilson, head of skills policy at FTA, added: “FTA is urging businesses to drop their bans on commercial drivers using their toilet facilities, following reports from FTA members that this is occurring across the nation. The logistics sector is doing everything possible to keep supermarkets stocked in this time of unprecedented demand for food and other basic items, but it needs the support of businesses in order to do so. If these drivers are unable to take the basic precautionary measure of keeping their hands clean – something recommended heavily by government – then they are more likely to succumb to the illness, and in turn, will no longer be able to keep supermarkets, schools and hospitals etc stocked with the goods required.”