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Updated Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance: for operators and people working in or from vehicles

9 Mar 2022

Safer working principles and risk assessment for transport operators and organisations, and people who work in or from vehicles, including couriers, mobile workers, lorry drivers, on-site transit and work vehicles.

There is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering or for people with COVID-19 infection to self-isolate but the guidance is that face coverings and isolating are still sensible choices. The government suggests people continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where they may be in contact with others they do not usually meet with.  In addition if you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test result, the public health advice is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.

It is still important for operators, as employers and employers of those working out of vehicles to undertake a risk assessment under applicable health and safety law.

This includes risks from COVID-19. COVID-19 is a workplace hazard. You should manage it in the same way as other workplace hazards.

This includes:

  • completing a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks of COVID-19 in the workplace
  • identifying control measures to manage that risk

Failure to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment and put in place sufficient control measures to manage the risk may be considered a breach of health and safety law.

Further information:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-transport-guidance-for-operators/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-transport-guidance-for-operators