Personal Protection

1) Personal Protective Equipment
 
At this moment in time unless there is an abundance of masks and gloves for each individual to use and they have been trained to wear this equipment effectively and can wear, remove and dispose of masks and gloves without cross-contamination then we could be doing more harm than good.
 
It's also worth noting that masks and gloves are in short supply due to extensive use in the health service and that any drain on the stock of PPE equipment away from the health service would be counterproductive to the country as a whole at this moment in time.
 
We support the government advice on personal hygiene and social distancing including frequent hand-washing and the use of anti-viral/alcohol based hand sanitiser. We also support moves from TOCs and FOCs to have a robust cleaning regime in place as well as the provision of basic cleaning materials for drivers to use when taking over the controls.
 
 
Therefore under the current circumstances and subject to further government advice we advise that the best practice is:
 
a) Ensure that every TOC and FOC are carrying out regular cleaning of the driving cabs, messrooms and PNB points (preferably with anti-viral solutions).
 
b) Members are provided with anti-viral hand sanitisers and wipes for personal hygiene and the cleaning of cab controls when carrying out their duties.
 
c) Ensure that the governments advice on personal hygiene and social distancing are carried out by all personnel.
 
d) Ensure that companies are in a position to react subject to changes in advice fromthe WHO and relevant government bodies regarding the provision of PPE to our members in the future.
 
 
We also advise that you keep abreast of the health advice on this matter as this may change in the future as health organisations learn more about COVID 19. We will try to update our advice accordingly.
 
 
 
2) Cab cleaning
 
Effective cleaning of driving cab surfaces provides a first line response in the protection of our members and every company should have a regular cleaning regime above and beyond their normal cleaning requirement to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak.
 
We advise that best practice is:
 
a)  To ensure that every TOC and FOC are carrying out regular cleaning of the driving cabs, (preferably with Zoono or other suitable anti-viral solution).
 
b)  That cab cleaning is carried out at a frequency that takes into account the length of effectiveness of the anti-viral solution (if used).
 
c)  That notification of cab cleaning should be provided to the driver by means which makes this easily identifiable before or when in the process of taking over the train.
 
d)  If a member is in doubt that regular cleaning has been carried out and is therefore concerned for their own safety, they should start the company’s refusal to work process (or equivalent)
 
 
Note: If companies are using anti-viral solutions like Zoono then due to their anti-viral properties this may rule out the need for:
 
a) Drivers to use company issued cleaning materials for the cab controls.
 
b) More frequent cleaning.
 
 
 
3) Number of personnel in a driving cab
 
If you are required to operate a train/tram/metro as a part of your duties, you are advised to take personal precautions on hygiene and social distancing in line with government advice. These should not preclude you from driving unless these precautions cannot be met.
 
 
We advise that best practice is:
 
a) That only one person should be in the cab at any one time.
 
b) Two people may be permitted in the driving cab if:
i) It is to carry out essential training where agreed by our negotiators
ii) Personal precautions on hygiene and social distancing (in line with governmentadvice) are taken as far as practicable.
iii) Both drivers are agreeable.

 

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