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The Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Labour has developed a series of free COVID-19 guidelines for the transportation, construction, and utilities sectors, as essential services and industries in Ontario.

The guidance for the transportation sector stresses the importance of practicing physical distancing, ensuring good hygiene like proper hand washing, not sharing items like communications devices, pens, and personal protective equipment, and staying home if feeling ill.

Some additional general best practices include:

• Minimizing the number of vehicles shared by employees where possible to limit the spread of the virus.

• Ensuring drivers have access to appropriate disinfectants, hand sanitizer, personal protective equipment, and other materials needed to clean high-touch surfaces in their vehicles frequently.

• Reducing face-to-face contact as much as possible, and staying in the cab or designated waiting space while loads are handled or during inspections.

• Eating healthy and getting enough rest and exercise to maintain good physical and mental health.

Additional precautions specific to drivers stopping at rest stops and taking breaks have also been included.

Wearing PPE, such as gloves, while refuelling and the use of disinfectant wipes to clean the pump handles and key pads. Packing snacks, just in case regular stops are closed, and avoiding the use of refillable mugs are other recommendations included to help reduce the transmission of the virus.

To support all areas of the transportation industry the IHSA also created job specific guideline documents for shippers and receivers, cleaning and sanitizing vehicles, handling paperwork, as well as mental health and fatigue management.

The health and safety of workers is a top concern amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, all parties must place an increased focus on health and safety in order to keep transportation companies operating as an essential service to our country’s economy and continuity of operations.

For more information, contact roadsafety@ihsa.ca.

Current News

New Research Findings: Labour Market Impacts of COVID-19 for Canada’s National Trucking Industry

Trucking HR Canada released the second report in a series focused on assessing labour market impacts of COVID-19. This report includes updated insights of how COVID-19 is affecting trucking and logistics employment, and what can be expected for employers in the industry in the next three years. This second stage of the report presents a labour market forecast and shares results based on the ramifications of COVID-19. In the forecast, we learn that:

  • Over the first two quarters of 2020, employment in the trucking and logistics sector is expected to contract by 10.4%, or 72,000 jobs, due to COVID-19. We expect a 10.9% contraction among truck drivers and 10.0% decline among non-truck driver occupations.
  • Given anticipated retirements and other labour outflows from the truck driver occupation, there is a strong indication that, by 2023, labour demand is unlikely to be fully met, which would mean a return to driver shortages.
  • We estimate that COVID-19 and its economy-wide impacts will result in declines in truck driver employment that cost the truck transportation industry approximately $3.2 billion in sales in 2020.

On July 9, the Government of Canada held a briefing to share this important update with officials and ultimately aid in good decision making for the industry. Trucking HR Canada partnered with The Conference Board of Canada to undertake research assessing the labour impacts of Covid-19 on the trucking and logistics sector. This forecast is designed to help us better understand what employers might expect down the road in terms of post-COVID economic rebound projections, forecasts of employment as well as estimates on expected employment losses.

You can download the report at truckinghr.com.

Trucking HR Canada is a national, non-profit organization, advancing modern HR solutions for the trucking and logistics workforce. We collaborate, partner, and work with a dynamic network including industry associations, government departments and industry professionals to ensure Canada’s freight transportation network has the skilled workforce needed for today and into the future.