Personal Protection

1) Face Masks
a) ASLEF expects our members to wear masks at all times except:
i) when in the driving cab whilst carrying out normal duties.
ii) at an authorised place where social distancing and hygiene measures are in place.
b) When allowing for the provision of face masks, we advise that best practice is:

i) to ensure that masks are of a Type I and Type II surgical mask standard (EN 14683:2019+AC:2019)

ii) to ensure there is a sufficient supply of face masks to supply all members over a sustained period taking into account the number of masks needed per turn of duty in line with manufacturer’s instructions.

iii) that companies can demonstrate that they have an appropriate number of sites for the safe disposal of used masks.

iv) that companies demonstrate that they have an appropriate number of sites for the issuing of masks and their replacements at all times.

v) that there is training provided for our members covering the wearing and disposal of masks.

vi) that all arrangements for the wearing of masks is reviewed on a regular basis.

c) In line with ORR advice members should only wear face masks that are assessed and provided for by their company.
d) Re-usable masks are acceptable for use so long as they are of the agreed standard and there is an agreed company process in place for the cleaning of dirty masks. 


If the above measures have not been carried out and as a result our members are concerned for their own safety, they should start the company's refusal to work process (or equivalent).


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 except when:
i) agreed for training purposes.
ii) when carring out rule book requirements in relation to degraded working.


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