Nova Scotia’s trucking industry helps facilitate the interprovincial and international trade that is so important to our province’s economy. As an essential service sector, many trucking businesses are in full operation during the pandemic, delivering the groceries, medical supplies and so much more that Nova Scotians and so many others around the word need most.
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges for trucking. Monitoring at provincial and international borders has become more rigorous, and as many of the businesses drivers rely on to rest and refuel have temporarily closed. With frequent stops and interactions with other businesses, adapting safe work practices has been a key focus, in order to keep the wheels of supply and demand rolling.
Recommended prevention strategies for trucking include:
- Wash hands often
- Regularly clean high-touch surfaces inside and outside of the truck cab
- Arrange no-contact pick-ups and deliveries
- Limit face-to-face interactions
- Be careful to maintain a safe distance at rest stops
- Keep food and water on hand to reduce the need to make stops
Listen to our new radio ad focused on new ways to work safely in trucking:
See the Government of Nova Scotia’s recommendations related to safety at work during COVID-19, here.
Check out these COVID-19 prevention tools and resources, developed specifically for workers in trucking:
Federal safety guidance to protect drivers and limit the spread of COVID-19 in commercial vehicle operations
Federal safety guidance to protect drivers during COVID-19
Canadian Trucking Alliance:
COVID-19 Tip Sheet for carriers
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS):
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tips - Transportation