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HSE Reminds Employers Of Hygiene Duties For Drivers Visiting Their Premises 

HSE Reminds Employers Of Hygiene Duties For Drivers Visiting Their Premises 
05 June 2020

The HSE has jointly written an open letter with the Department for Transport, reminding businesses of their legal obligation to provide suitable toilet and handwashing facilities for visiting drivers.

Businesses which make or receive deliveries must ensure that drivers are given safe access, particularly now in light of attempts to stop the transmission of COVID-19.


Driver access to toilet and handwashing facilities


Whilst this obligation for business is not new, ensuring that hygiene facilities are made available to visiting drivers is especially important currently. Particularly at a time when there are fewer locations operating with facilities that drivers can access. 

The letter promotes the obligations that businesses face under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, and that preventing access to safe handwashing facilities is against the law. 

Regulations 20 and 21 state that suitable and sufficient sanitary conveniences and washing facilities shall be provided at readily accessible places and that hot and cold running water and soap must be available to use. 

The HSE guidance is that drivers must have access to welfare facilities located on the premises they visit as part of their work. 

Picture: Photograph of hands being washed

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 05 June 2020


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