Brian Joss – With the start of level four lockdown, more businesses will be returning to their offices and vehicles.
The next few weeks will be critical because if all those that are returning to work do not continue to follow the safety guidelines proposed by the World Health Organisation, infection rates could soar and cause South Africa to return to level five lockdown.
As such it is critical that organisations ensure that their employees and drivers who will be returning to work fully understand and comply to the proposed hygiene processes. The managing director of MasterDrive, Eugene Herbert, explains: “Rather than assume that employees implicitly understand what is expected, organisations should take steps to explicitly go over the requirements.
“The difficulty for essential service organisations or organisations that are returning to work after more than a month hiatus, finding the time to do this can be difficult. Additionally, it has become evident many employees are not as well-informed as is necessary. If an employee were to contract
COVID-19 because correct protocols were not followed, the company could be forced to close and large portions of the workforce could be affected.”
The company has developed a way for their clients to quickly provide essential drivers with this training at no cost. “We have developed a training course to inform drivers during this critical time. “Our Covid-19 training course for drivers is available at no cost. The course can be completed in less than an hour, tests what participants have learnt and a certificate of completion will be provided once your drivers have finished.”
The benefits to your business can have a far-reaching effect. “The course helps drivers understand the impact of the pandemic, how it can affect their work and safety and includes steps to keep themselves and others safe.”
The course covers:
. High-touch areas inside the vehicle
. Sanitising your vehicle
. Driver-specific safety measures
. Driver fatigue
. Managing stress in challenging times
. Lifestyle changes that help keep drivers and others safe
As South Africa cautiously starts to return to normal, the right training is essential to look after drivers’ health and safety and improve efficiency.
“We would like to encourage you to make use of this opportunity to keep your drivers safe and informed,” says Herbert.
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