Covid-19 - main content
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- Consider the Risks
- Control Measures
- Communication and Training
- COVID-19 Vaccines
- Contact Tracing
- Symptomatic Workers
- Reducing Potential Exposure While on the Road
- Physical Distancing
- Physical Barriers
- Personal Hygiene
- Cleaning and Disinfection
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Wearing Masks
This document is for employers and workers in the trucking industry (e.g. fleet managers, commercial vehicle, owner-operators, and independent owners) who transport goods locally, inter-provincially, inter-territorially and internationally. It includes those driving the vehicles as well as those involved in administration, shipping and receiving. It provides an overview of the recommended controls to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace.
For general COVID-19 prevention practices for both employers and workers refer to these CCOHS documents:
Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19,
COVID-19 Health and Safety Planning for Employers,
COVID-19 Prevention for Workers.
Meet your legal occupational health and safety obligations by doing everything reasonably possible under the circumstances to protect the health and safety of your workers. In all cases, guidance from your local public health authorities must be followed. Also refer to current guidance from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), your jurisdictional OHS regulator, and applicable Canadian or provincial trucking alliance and associations.
Consider the Risks
The risk of contracting COVID-19 increases in situations where people are in closed spaces (with poor ventilation) and crowded places with people from outside their immediate household. Risk is higher in settings where these factors overlap and/or involve activities such as close-range conversations, singing, shouting or heavy breathing (e.g., during heavy labour).
The COVID-19 virus may also spread when a person touches another person (e.g., a handshake) or a surface of an object (also referred to as a fomite) that has the virus on it, and then touches their mouth, nose or eyes with unwashed hands.
Employers need to assess the risks of COVID-19 for their specific workplace (including vehicles) and the activities conducted by their workers (driving, loading and unloading goods, performing maintenance tasks, providing customer service, and interacting with shipper/receivers, government officials or the public). Truck drivers may be required to use public washrooms, public showers, and may obtain their meals at restaurants or truck stops. These are all risky activities that truck drivers should try to mitigate.