Drivers visiting site and coronavirus

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March 19, 2020 Posted by Roger Hart

We’re getting reports of visiting drivers being denied access to welfare facilities at sites due to concerns over coronavirus.Coronavirus

Whilst we understand the will to protect your staff as far as possible during the outbreak we have to advise clients and others that you cannot refuse access to welfare.  In fact, preventing access is against the law.

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.

Read HSE’s guidance here.

If you have any questions relating to Coronavirus and your office please contact your retained safety consultant if you are a member of our Safety~net competent person service. We have a number of documents available for retained clients including model risk assessments, flow charts on isolation and home working, toolbox talks for office-based and field-based staff and similar documents which are being developed each day.