The way we go about everyday life has turned upside down in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the road safety space, new vehicle hygiene recommendations have been introduced as a way of minimising the risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus (NRSPP). This is particularly important for corporate organisations who rely on shared vehicles where the virus can remain on certain surfaces for up to 72 hours.
At Corporate Driver Training Australia, we are encouraging corporate organisations to include vehicle hygiene in their organisational health and safety guidelines. This will minimise the risk of infection during the COVID-19 restriction period and improve the overall health and wellness of employees. Although these are unprecedented times, implementing vehicle hygiene beyond this period will mean that your employees are less likely to contract any form of infection, whether it is a common cold of winter flu.
We recommend keeping a packet of antibacterial wipes within every shared vehicle so that employees can clean high contact touch points and rid any germs that may be sitting on the surface before they start their drive. These critical high contact touch points include:
- Steering wheel
- Gear shift
- Hand brake
- Arm rests
- Mirror and window controls
- Any electronics
- Glove compartment where log books and fuel cards may be stored
- Pens log books and fuel cards
By introducing this simple vehicle hygiene practice within your organisation, you will not only be minimising the spread of COVID-19, but also improving the overall health and safety of your employees. Improved hygiene measures are not simply a short term fix to the current health crisis, but a long term strategy to improve the overall health of all Australians. At Corporate Driver Training Australia, vehicle hygiene now forms part of our Low Risk Driving Course. We believe that this is an important practice for organisations who are committed to improving the health and safety of their staff.