Transportation and COVID-19 safety

The transportation industry continues to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic.  They provide a vital role in ensuring Canadians get the goods they need, as they need them.

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 it is critical that all organizations follow proper safety procedures and take necessary precautions, which include conducting  hazard assessments and putting controls and procedures in place that will limit the risk of exposure of the virus to workers and customers.

Those controls include:

  • Maintaining the social distancing limits of two-metres and limit any other social interactions when stopping at facilities.
  • Practicing and ensuring adequate hygiene and sanitization processes are followed.
  • Develop and implement policies that will minimize the risk of exposures, as well as clearly outline expectations of all individuals.
  • Clear communication on changes regarding any new safety measures and what policies are being implemented.

Employers should consider the following advice and best practices to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19:

  • If possible, drivers should stay in the truck/cab during deliveries. Look at alternate options for signatures on deliveries, and contact delivery sites ahead of time to see what procedures have been put in place.
  • Ensure good hygiene practices when using public washrooms at stops. Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.  Use disinfectant wipes or towels when needed.
  • When filling up with gas, consider use of gloves, if available. When done, properly dispose of gloves in a safe manner.
  • Refrain from touching your face at all times.
  • Physically distance from anyone using the same facilities at the stop.
  • Ensure that a frequent sanitization and disinfection process takes place inside the truck – disinfect high touch areas both inside and outside of the cab. High touch points include steering wheel, door handles, gear shift, trailer doors, dollies, etc.

For further resources visit:

Saskatchewan Trucking Association (COVID-19 information)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in federally regulated workplaces

Government of Saskatchewan

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety