• Kyle Durward

Update on spot inspections in the transport and logistics sector

Updated: Jan 22, 2021

Since December, HSE has been working with local authorities to carry out spot inspections on businesses in the transport and logistics sector.

Most sites that were visited by inspectors were found to have COVID-secure measures in place and our inspectors picked up on good practice being demonstrated on many of their visits. Notably, from a COVID-secure perspective, provision for access to toilets, handwashing facilities, and rest areas has been particularly good, with arrangements made for visiting drivers to safely access site facilities.

Other good examples of COVID-secure measures that were seen on a number of the sites include:

  • Active monitoring (e.g. by COVID marshals) to ensure staff were following procedures.

  • Limiting numbers of workers in canteens and break rooms to allow social distancing.

  • Provision of COVID-kits to drivers including hand sanitiser and wipes.

  • Grouping workers who typically work closely together.

  • Providing delivery notes to drivers electronically in their cabs rather than requiring them to visit the transport office.

  • Staggering shift starts to reduce congestion at entry points.

  • Rearranging desks and fitting screens in offices so that office workers could work safely.

There were also areas for improvements across some sites, such as poor ventilation in office spaces, lack of a site-specific risk assessment, and hand sanitiser being too far away from workstations to be used regularly. Inspectors also noted a number of workplace transport issues which included:

  • Poor marking of pedestrian routes.

  • Footpaths being blocked.

  • Inadequate controls to prevent vehicle driveaway incidents.

Inspectors provided verbal advice or took enforcement action where there was a serious risk of harm to workers on site. In most cases, issues were quickly resolved during the inspection.

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