To help protect drivers and limit the spread of COVID-19 in medium-duty trucks and all commercial vehicles, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Transport Canada have jointly developed some federal recommendations. As delivery trucks, such as the FUSO FE medium-duty trucks, are currently in high demand to continue to provide much needed services, such as food delivery, medical supply delivery and other essential services, it’s important that truck owners and fleet managers are doing all they can to keep their company drivers and employees safe. Your local FUSO Medium-Duty Truck Dealership, as well as, FUSO Medium-Duty Truck Parts & Service locations are all using these same guidelines when delivering a new truck or when completing important service work. Together, with knowledge, support and the proper tools, we can limited the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) while continuing to support our communities through the delivery of essential products and services. After all, medium-duty trucks and all commercial vehicles help to keep the world moving.
How Do We Keep the Truck Clean:
Keeping a Medium-duty truck clean and sanitized can be a big job since most of a truckers time is spent working in the cab and on the road. On a single trip, the occupants of the truck can touch multiple surfaces without even realizing. So, before each trip, the truck’s interior should be clean and hygienic. Keeping your truck clean, especially when a new driver enters the truck is a critical first step, according to Transport Canada. When cleaning the truck, you should be following these important steps: Download Checklist
- Use disposable, water-proof gloves. Avoid touching your face, especially your nose and your eyes. You should avoid direct contact with non-cleaned areas.
- Use a hard-surface disinfectant that is recommended to protect against coronavirus (COVID-19). Both Health Canada and the United States Environmental Protection Agency provides lists of some approved cleaning and disinfection agents.
- When using any cleaner or disinfectant, you should follow the directions provided. An important aspect is contact times. The surface that you are cleaning should be visibly wet for the instructed amount of time to ensure the effectiveness of killing COVID-19 or other viruses.
- Transport Canada also recommends wiping off what you apply to the surfaces to be sure chemicals do not remain on the items you have cleaned.
While the entire truck cabin should be cleaned thoroughly, it’s most important to ensure high-touch surfaces have special attention payed to them. It is always a good idea to do this at the start of a drivers shift and then regularly throughout the day. Especially if multiple drivers or occupants use the same truck. Here are a list of some suggested high-touch areas within a work truck: Download Checklist
- Key(s) or Key Fob
- Starter button (on the eCanter)
- Inside and outside door handles, inside grab handles, armrests
- Power windows and power lock switches (on all doors)
- Steering wheel, including the turn signal and wiper levers
- Gear shift and console
- Dashboard, including any buttons or controls
- Radio and climate control buttons
- Seats and seat adjusters
- Seat belts
- Any optional equipment, GPS, backup camera display, touch screen (eCanter).
- Glove compartment and other storage compartments within the cabin
You should also consider high-touch items outside the truck as well. This includes the fuel cap (and DEF cap for diesel trucks), exterior storage compartments, door handles, tailgate handles, van body door handles, side mirrors, etc. Your windows and the windshield inside and outside of the cab should also be cleaned regularly, as well as, your sun visors and rear-view mirror, as they are often touched and can collect germs.
Once you have completed the cleaning process on all of these high-touch areas, you should immediatelty dispose of the soiled cleaning cloths, disinfection cloths and disposable gloves before retouching any of your sanitized areas. Place these items in a waste disposal bag and discard in a trash recepticle.
Finally, and probably the most critical step in this process: Wash your hands – using the proper hand washing techniques. Washing your hands for 20 seconds has been effective in killing germs. Handwashing is the best advise we can give for preventing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). It is a common sense practice and it has proven to be effective. However, it must be done properly and it should include the use of soap and water. When soap and water are not readily available, the next best option is to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
Another recommendation from Transport Canada is that you should include the following equipment inside the truck to allow for regular cleaning throughout the day. This includes: Download Checklist
- Personal protective equipment (disposable gloves, face mask, etc.) You should follow recommendations of your local government in terms of what might be required
- Disposable cloths
- Paper towels
- Waste disposal bags
- Cleaning agents and disinfectants, again those approved for use against coronavirus
- An alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol
In this post, we have provided you with information on how to limit the spread of COVID-19 by keeping your truck clean and by cleaning high-touch items daily, especially when the truck is introduced to a new driver or occupant. A future post will speak about the driver and occupants and what they can do to keep safe while on the road. For more information and guidance on how to properly clean and sanitize your medium-duty truck or any high-touch surfaces, visit the Health Canada website or the United States Centers of Disease Control website. This information is current from the time of this posting, and may be subject to change as new, updated developments about COVID-19 become available. You should always follow the advice and regulations of your national or local government as well.
Source: Transport Canada. (2020, April 2). Federal safety guidance to protect drivers and limit the spread of COVID-19 in commercial vehicle operations. Retrieved from https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/motorvehiclesafety/federal-safety-guidance-protect-drivers-limit-spread-covid-19-commercial-vehicle-operations.html