The COVID-19 pandemic has been affecting Americans since early March, prompting stay-at-home orders across the nation. In order to slow the virus’ transmission so as not to overwhelm our health care system, many businesses have closed and other workers are now working from home.
There are exceptions made for businesses deemed “essential,” which include services that cannot be performed remotely. From healthcare workers to transportation and infrastructure, many Americans continue to work through the pandemic in public.
K-Way Express, Inc. is still open as an essential business. Our trucking company in Minnesota transports goods throughout the country, making us an important part of the supply chain—if you need transportation services, we can help. Since safety is our top priority, we’ve been making sure to take every possible precaution.
Driver safety procedures
COVID-19 is a respiratory virus that is spread when a person coughs, sneezes or otherwise transmits respiratory fluids from one person to another. Even touching a surface that someone has coughed on, then touching your face can spread the disease. Not all COVID-19 carriers will have symptoms of the virus, either—asymptomatic carriers can spread it, too. Therefore, it is important to follow CDC guidelines for keeping our workspaces clean and safe:
- Wear a face covering: Drivers can protect others from potential infection by wearing a face covering whenever they are around other people. This helps stop the spread of respiratory droplets.
- Limit close contact: Social distancing is the practice of staying at least six feet away from people who are not living in your household. Respiratory droplets can spray six feet or more, so face coverings are encouraged.
- Disinfect work spaces frequently: Any frequently-touched space, like door handles and knobs, steering wheels and more, should be disinfected regularly. Drivers who share trucks should disinfect the dashboard, radio controls and other buttons whenever possible.
- Stay home if sick: Most importantly, anyone who is suffering from flu-like symptoms should stay home from work, see a doctor and get tested for COVID-19. If they have the virus, an isolation period will be required.
- Monitor symptoms if exposed: If a driver has come into contact with the virus, it’s important that they monitor their symptoms closely. Fevers over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, shortness of breath and a dry cough are the most commonly-reported symptoms. If drivers notice that they have any of these, they are encouraged to stay home and see a doctor as soon as possible.
- Use pre-qualified truck stops: Whenever possible, pre-qualifying truck stops helps drivers choose safe, sanitary locations to refuel, eat meals, rest and take care of their basic hygiene needs.
As a trucking company in Minnesota, safety is our highest priority on and off the road. We take COVID-19 very seriously, and continue to take every necessary precaution to prevent the spread while we’re open as an essential business. Call K-Way Express, Inc. today to learn more about our services—we’ve been in the industry for over 70 years, and we look forward to assisting you soon!