Trucking Industry Adapts to Coronavirus Pandemic with New Safety Measures

Trucking Industry Adapts to Coronavirus Pandemic with New Safety Measures

The high-contact job faced challenges at the beginning of the pandemic, but has now developed systems to help keep employees safe.

A review by Transport Topics reported that private trucking companies are integrating digital and paperless tools to accommodate social distancing and prevent the spread of coronavirus during work activity.

This new system of working comes after an adjustment period for the trucking industry at the onset of the pandemic when drivers were struggling to find sanitary rest stops and warm food to eat without being at risk of infection.

Companies like McLane Co. in Temple, Texas and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits in Florida and Illinois have adopted practices that are in line with OSHA’s recommended guidelines for workplace behavior during the pandemic. At McLane Co., drivers are provided with gloves, masks and hand sanitizer before being dispatched.

“We disinfect the tractor, handheld scanners, driver bags and dollies after each trip,” said Jim VonAchen, director of transportation support at McLane.

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits altered their text message system to prompt drivers to fill out a health questionnaire two hours before their shifts begin. They also started using thermal scanners to check employees’ temperatures and sanitizing trucks and break rooms.

About the Author

Nikki Johnson-Bolden is an Associate Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety.

Download Center

  • Safety Metrics Guide

    Is your company leveraging its safety data and analytics to maintain a safe workplace? With so much data available, where do you start? This downloadable guide will give you insight on helpful key performance indicators (KPIs) you should track for your safety program.

  • Job Hazard Analysis Guide

    This guide includes details on how to conduct a thorough Job Hazard Analysis, and it's based directly on an OSHA publication for conducting JHAs. Learn how to identify potential hazards associated with each task of a job and set controls to mitigate hazard risks.

  • A Guide to Practicing “New Safety”

    Learn from safety professionals from around the world as they share their perspectives on various “new views” of safety, including Safety Differently, Safety-II, No Safety, Human and Organizational Performance (HOP), Resilience Engineering, and more in this helpful guide.

  • Lone Worker Safety Guide

    As organizations digitalize and remote operations become more commonplace, the number of lone workers is on the rise. These employees are at increased risk for unaddressed workplace accidents or emergencies. This guide was created to help employers better understand common lone worker risks and solutions for lone worker risk mitigation and incident prevention.

  • EHS Software Buyer's Guide

    Learn the keys to staying organized, staying sharp, and staying one step ahead on all things safety. This buyer’s guide is designed for you to use in your search for the safety management solution that best suits your company’s needs.

  • Vector Solutions

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - June 2022

    June 2022

    Featuring:

    • SAFETY CULTURE
      Corporate Safety Culture Is Workplace Culture
    • HEAT STRESS
      Keeping Workers Safe from Heat-Related Illnesses & Injuries
    • EMPLOYEE HEALTH SCREENING
      Should Employers Consider Oral Fluid Drug Testing?
    • PPE FOR WOMEN
      Addressing Physical Differences
    View This Issue