The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued COVID-19 guidelines specifically for truck drivers. The CDC’s recommendations are meant to help keep drivers safe and inform them of what to do if they get sick.
According to the CDC, there are times when truckers should be aware that they are at increased risk of contracting COVID-19. These include “close contact with truck stop attendants, store workers, dock workers, other truck drivers, or others with COVID-19, and touching your nose, mouth, or eyes after contacting surfaces touched or handled by a person with COVID-19.”
Most of the recommendations will be familiar to anyone who has seen the CDC guidelines on COVID-19 for the general public, such as staying six feet away from other people when possible. In addition to the other guidelines, the CDC recommends that truck drivers take the following steps:
- If you are sick, stay home and notify your supervisor.
- Make a plan with both your employer and your family as to what you will do if you become sick while OTR.
- Follow CDC recommended steps if you are sick.
- Notify your supervisor if you have a sick family member.
- Limit time spent outside the truck cab
- Use paperless invoicing for fueling, deliveries, and any other task when possible
- Set up appointment times for unloading cargo
- Use radios or phones to talk with others including dock managers and other drivers
- Take supplies including food and water with you on the road to limit how much exposure you have to others and public places
- Avoid shaking hands
- Keep your truck well-ventilated
- Clean and disinfect the interior of your truck cab including your sleeper berth frequently
- If anyone else comes into your truck cab, have them clean and disinfect before you return
- Clean your hands before entering or leaving the cab, before eating or preparing food, and after touching your face coverings
- Avoid sharing PPE with others, even safety vests required by a shipper or receiver.
- Use only truck stops and businesses that have appropriate COVID-19 protections in place
- If team driving or driving with anyone else in the truck, wear a face covering and avoid sharing bedding
CDC also issued a number of recommendations for carriers to follow to help keep drivers safe and keep their business operating.