Commercial delivery drivers are the life blood of our economy – delivering essential products from food to medicine and goods that support our daily life.
If you are in the delivery or transportation business, you know that drivers are what keeps you in business. Just as trucks need repairs and routine maintenance to avoid down time, it can be very costly and disruptive to replace drivers who become ill and cannot drive or complete their route.
One of the best methods to maintain a healthy driving staff is to make sure to maintain their delivery vehicle to ensure it is clean and disinfected. This includes not only the steering wheel, but also cup holders, seat belts, door handles, gear shift knobs, turn signal knobs, and radio buttons. Any surface that comes into human contact may support germs and viruses.
Cleaning during the day is important as drivers enter and exit their vehicles. For continued maintenance, hiring a cleaning service like Executive Image Building Services, can be an answer to a problem. Executive Image provides routine disinfecting of all points of contact on a daily, or any other schedules as needed.
Here are tips for maintaining truck cabs:
- Ensure drivers wash their hands often. This is proven to be the most effective method to reduce germs and viruses on reach surfaces.
- Wipe down all touch points. Truck cabs should be wiped down daily with a high-grade disinfectant that is EPA approved to kill viruses.
- Vinyl seat covers should be cleaned by applying the disinfectant to a test area first as some disinfectants might discolor surfaces.
- Use cleaning and disinfecting “best practices”. Always clean surfaces first – then use a disinfectant. Disinfectant dwell times (the time the product stays on the surface) is important as to the application of proper dilution of disinfecting chemicals.
- Clean interior of vehicles after maintenance and before they are returned to service.
- Equipment which is used daily to complete work, e.g., pallet jacks, dolly’s, and tools, need to be disinfected after each use or at minimum, between staff use.
- Provide necessary Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to drivers to help them maintain healthy personal protection practices.
- If you are currently in the process of hiring a cleaning contractor, we suggest you ensure that the contractor outlines in their proposals the steps they are taking to prevent the spread of disease. This should also include specific steps they are taking to train and educate their staff on infection control.