Personal Protection

1) Face Masks
 
As per circular 328/2020 ASLEF supports the guidance supplied in the RICF document "Guidance on the Wearing of Face Coverings by Employees" which can be found on the ASLEF website. 
 
 
 
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 except when:
 
i) agreed for training purposes.
ii) when carring out rule book requirements in relation to degraded working.

 

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