Key Principles

Below are key principles you should adopt when applying this guidance. These principles should be applied when considering this guidance even where there is not an explicit reference to them.


1) Social distancing and Personal hygiene

This is an evolving and sometimes complex issue, especially when we try to judge the delivery of an essential service with our members welfare. If in doubt negotiators are reminded that the principle for all agreements relating to social distancing is that contact with other people should be kept to an absolute minimum.

If you are required to attend work, you are advised to take personal precautions on hygiene and social distancing in line with government advice. (ASLEF continues to support the 2m social distancing rule despite government guidance relaxing this requirement. (June 2020))

The guidance we have provided here and any future guidance are dependent on personal hygiene and social distancing measures being carried out by our members. This should be applied to every scenario outlined in the following guidance even if it is unspecified.


We advise that you:

1. Wash your hands frequently

i) Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based rub or wash them with soap and water

ii) Ensure that you clean them prior to entering or leaving a building

iii) Ensure that you clean them prior to preparing or eating food


2. Maintain social distancing

i) Maintain at least 2 metres (6 feet) distance between yourself and anyone else

ii) Avoid touching your

a) eyes, nose and mouth

b) surfaces


3. Practice respiratory hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. 

This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue. 



2) Personal hygiene equipment

Members are to use company issued anti-viral hand sanitisers and wipes for personal hygiene and the cleaning of cab controls when carrying out their duties where necessary. This requirement is key to our members safety and is an implied term throughout this guidance.



3) Additional time

During the COVID-19 outbreak additional time will be needed for carrying out the requirements laid out in ASLEF guidance. Therefore, any additional duties or tasks that our members need to carry out to ensure their safety and the safety of others should be assessed and additional time placed in diagrams or schedules for these to be carried out effectively. This requirement is key to our members safety and is an implied term throughout this document.


The Executive Committee may send out a form for negotiators to complete from time to time to ensure these additional requirements are being implemented.



4) Continual assessment

As the government relaxes its COVID-19 restrictions and our industry begins to increase service levels we will see an increase in the amount of staff at work and passengers on the network.

Negotiators should apply a continual assessment method for all of the guidance and advice in this document to ensure that facilities, materials and methods of work are robust enough to deliver any proposed increase whilst maintaining our members safety through social distancing. This requirement is key to our members safety and is an implied term throughout this document.



5) Work safe procedure

Members who (at any time) feel that the precautions taken (or lack thereof) by their company does not provide sufficient protection from COVID – 19 and therefore does not feel safe at work are advised to enact their company's "work safe" procedure (or equivalent).


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