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COVID-19 back to work resources available in the HSA.ie website

by Eleonora Malacarne on Jun 3, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Back to work resources available in the HSA.ie website
 
Since the lockdown, the spread of COVID-19 has led to changes in protocols in every activity, with the aim of minimising the impact of the illness and avoiding its spread. Now companies are gradually going back to their activity and will need support in preparing their business to be up and running again in a COVID-19 world. This is why the Health and Safety Authority of Ireland has created a series of resources based on the Government’s Return to Work Safely Protocol. 
 
The resources created by the HSA and available on their website consider COVID-19 from different perspectives. What is usually necessary in order to prevent risk is to get an adequate preparation, to share knowledge across the company, to establish roles in the prevention of risks and to have procedures in case of  contact with the risk.
 
The HSA resources include:
 
  • A return to work form - to be answered by the employees about to resume work;
  • A response plan - establishing worker representatives taking responsibilities for the implementation of security measures and regular checks;
  • A serie of checklists for the employer - that aim at controlling the preparation of the company, the induction process that should include anti COVID-19 measures, the improved cleaning and disinfection measures and the eventuality of dealing with a case of COVID-19;
  • An employee checklist - with a training purpose;
  • A worker representative checklist - to help worker representatives understand their roles.


If you wish further help in getting your business relying on driving COVID-19 free you can download our driver checklist or contact us.

 

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Driver and fleet training not to be ignored in COVID-19 times

by Eleonora Malacarne on May 27, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Driver and fleet training not to be ignored in COVID-19 times, says FTAI
 
It seems we are now approaching what is known as the "new normal" and companies of any kind, including those relying on driving, are thinking about how to keep their business profitable without compromising safety.
 
According to the Freight Transport Association Ireland, such new normality will not only require the application of new protocols for both fleets and drivers, but also more training in order to help workers and managers make wise decisions, to promote creativity and initiatives that will meet new demands originated by the pandemic and to keep tabs on safety and security to prevent COVID-19 related issues as well as avoidable collisions, breaches and penalties that might add up to the impact of the pandemic.
 
While the FTAI has lanuched a serie of COVID-19 guidelines and is promoting the Logistics Associate Apprenticeship, a programme that provides academic education and practical training across the freight, logistics, shipping and distribution industries, with the idea of setting up the perfect entry point into such sectors, research has suggested that, during lockdown, distracted and unsafe driving might have been on the rise.
 
If you are planning for any "Back to work with COVID-19" training, it might be no harm brushing up on other topics such as speeding: the RAC suggests 44% of people in the UK have seen more drivers speeding, probably because of the decreased traffic or as delivery terms might put drivers on extra pressure now that people rely more and more on e-commerce and home delivery than before. Drivers should not fall into the temptation of increasing their speed because roads are quiet or because of the situation.
 
If you need help to manage driver safety in these times and create a COVID-19-ready working environment for your drivers, you can contact us or download the COVID-19 driver checklist we created for you.
 
 
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COVID-19: an extra item to be considered in fleet risk assessment

by Eleonora Malacarne on May 20, 2020 9:00:00 AM

COVID-19 an extra item to be considered in fleet risk assessment

 

Driving is a risky activity and companies that rely on driving, operate vehicles and manage drivers should be very familiar with fleet risk assessment and carry out assessments on a regular basis. Fleet risk assessment ensures that fleets do comply with legislation and, while meeting their duty of care obligations, that they ensure drivers are able to protect themselves and other road users from risks.

COVID-19 has had an important impact on fleets and drivers so far and will continue to have an impact even if the lockdown measures are gradually going to be eased. Therefore, fleet risk assessment, which consists in identifying what can harm people in the workplace, who might be harmed and how, in evaluating the risks and deciding on the appropriate controls, taking into account those already in place, in recording the risk assessment and in reviewing and updating the assessment, will necessarily have to be reviewed because of COVID-19.

In Ireland, in order to help both companies that are resuming work and those who have continued working during the lockdown, the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), together with the Health Services Executive (HSE) and the Department of Health and the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation have issued The Return to Work Safely Protocol, that can be found on the Gov.ie website.

In the UK, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial strategy has released guidance for people who work in or from vehicles, including couriers, mobile workers, lorry drivers, on-site transit and work vehicles, field forces and similar. The COVID-19 guide for those who work with vehicles can be found on the Gov.uk website.

If you need further guidance on how to work with vehicles while protecting employees and users from COVID-19, contact us.

 

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COVID-19 resources for drivers and companies that rely on driving

by Eleonora Malacarne on May 13, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Covid-19 resources for drivers and companies that rely on driving

The COVID-19 pandemic is obviously impacting on drivers and companies that rely on driving and different organisations have launched initiatives to help operators going through this difficult time throughout UK and Ireland.

Starting from the UK, FTA has recently launched a COVID-19 advice hub that is focusing on supporting the logistics and transport industry during the pandemic. Having recognised the difficulties some members are facing, FTA has also launched the Logistics Efficiency Network Service (LENS), an exchange portal that companies could use to share and discuss availability of their fleet during the COVID-19 period or to post their requirements of additional vehicles or personnel to transport goods during this period.

In Ireland, FTAI released this "Stay safe" video particularly dedicated to drivers. You can find further information on their website at ftai.ie:

 

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport inaugurated the COVID-19 National Logistics Forum on 16th April 2020. The Forum is collecting data to create an open database that will advertise what capacity is available in the sector, in order for it to be utilised to keep supply lines open. You can contribute filling out their form or contact the COVID-19 National Logistics Forum at nationallogisticsforum@cilt.ie.

 

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The automotive industry is ready to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic

by Eleonora Malacarne on Apr 1, 2020 9:00:00 AM

The automotive industry is ready to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic

Car manufacturers are answering calls coming from all over the world to help ramp up the production of ventilators and face masks during the coronavirus pandemic.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles confirmed last Monday that one of their production plants in China would soon have production capacity for 1M face masks per month. The masks will be donated to will be donated to police, emergency medical technicians, firefighters and workers in hospitals and healthcare clinics.

Ford Motor has teamed with 3M and GE Healthcare to produce powered-air purifying respirators, ventilators, and face shields. Ford and 3M will also work on a new respirator design with the idea of leveraging parts from both companies to meet the huge demand caused by the pandemic.

General Motors and Tesla have all pledged their support to offer resources to make more ventilators, along with Japanese carmaker Nissan and Formula 1 teams in the UK.

General Motors is working closely with Ventec Life Systems to rapidly scale up production of their critically important respiratory products.

Tesla's CEO Elon Musk stated via Twitter he expects 1,200 respirators coming from the adjusted manufacturing plant to be ready this week.

As per Formula1, seven UK-based F1 teams have joined to manufacture and deliver respiratory devices. The initiative is known as "Project Pitlane" and will use the resources and skills of the teams on different tasks such as reverse engineering existing medical devices, supporting the scaling in production of ventilators and design and prototype a new device that will be later certified and manufactured.

 

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