Transport Canada Releases Covid-19 Guidelines for Fleets and Drivers


OTTAWA, Ont. – Transport Canada has unveiled a series of recommendations to help commercial vehicle operators prevent the spread of Covid-19 – including a focus on proper handwashing techniques, social distancing, and detailed steps to clean vehicles before and after a trip.

The recommendations emerge in an April 1 document called Federal Safety Guidance to Protect Drivers and Limit the Spread of Covid-19 in Commercial Vehicle Operations.

Fleet managers are encouraged to minimize the number of vehicles shared by employees; ensure drivers have appropriate disinfectants, hand sanitizer, personal protective equipment (PPE), and other material to clean high-touch surfaces in trucks; and implement other guidelines found in the document.

“Commercial vehicle drivers should take precautions such as covering their hands when pumping [fuel], touching the service station door handles, or handling any automotive products that may be required when performing vehicle maintenance, such as filling windshield washer fluid and adding motor oil, if this is possible,” the document adds. If that isn’t possible, they are told to wash their hands or apply hand sanitizer immediately after the task is done.

Regular vehicle cleaning
For the regular cleaning of equipment, drivers should be supplied with personal protective equipment, disposable cloths, paper towels and absorbent material, waste disposal bags and tape, cleaning agents, and disinfectants, the briefing notes.

High-touch surfaces to be regularly cleaned include: keys or fobs; starter buttons; door handles; grab handles, pads and armrests; steering wheels; shift levers and consoles; dashboards; power windows and power door lock switches; radio and climate control buttons; turn signals and wiper stalks; seats and seat adjusters; and touch screens. Also included in the list is any other commonly touched part such as a glove compartment, hood, pickup tailgate handle, and sleeper.

When cleaning vehicle interiors:

  • Put on disposable waterproof gloves, and avoid touching your face. Direct contact with contaminated areas should be avoided.
  • Use a hard-surface disinfectant approved for use against Covid-19, following recommended dilution rates, contact times, and conditions specific to the surface.
  • Avoid bleach, except on simple plastics, and don’t use solvents.
  • Wipe off what you wipe on. Don’t leave chemicals to linger.
  • Soiled cleaning clothes, disinfection clothes, and disposable gloves should be discarded in a waste disposal bag. Then it’s a matter of washing hands using recommended techniques.

Federally regulated carriers are also encouraged to ensure Hazard Prevention Programs address Covid-19. This would mean developing measures with Workplace Health and Safety Committees or representatives.

Watching health and personal hygiene
Drivers, meanwhile, are told to monitor themselves for signs of the virus and self-isolate if symptoms like a mild cough or low-grade fever emerge.

Since the coronavirus seems to survive on hard surfaces for one day or longer, washing hands is stressed as being particularly important. Hand washing with plain soap and warm water for 20 seconds, and then drying with paper towels, is preferred. But an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with an alcohol concentration of 60-90% is seen as a temporary option. Concentrations above 70% are preferred.

But the sanitizers may not be effective if there is organic material on the hands, such as after using the toilet, the briefing adds. Wipes should first be used to remove any soil, followed by the sanitizer.

It’s important to avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands at any time.

Any cough or sneeze should also be directed into a tissue or bend in the arm, while the tissues should be discarded in a lined waste basket as soon as possible, washing and sanitizing hands for 20 seconds after that, the briefing says.

Face-to-face meetings should also be minimized to support social distancing.

If that isn’t possible, it’s a matter of keeping at least six feet as possible from other people, and avoiding physical contact such as handshakes.

“This includes contact with customers, receiving personnel and those at rest stops,” Transport Canada says.

Covid-19 resources
The following are suggested as additional resources in the fight against Covid-19:

World Health Organization: Getting your workplace ready for Covid:19

Government of Canada: Resources for Canadian businesses

Government of Canada: Risk-informed decision-making guidelines

Preventing Covid-19 in the workplace

Canada Post: Practicing social distancing

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Practising social distancing can keep you and other employees safe – March 18 2020

Trucking HR Canada: Covid-19 resource guide for trucking and logistics

Canadian Urban Transit Association: Guidance for the Public Transit Industry

International Association of Public Transport: Management of Covid-19 guidelines for public transport operators

Mental Health Commission of Canada: Choosing information sources for mental wellbeing

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Operation Protect launched by SafeCare BC to ensure urgently needed equipment and supplies are available for health care workers during COVID-19 pandemic

Personal protective equipment and products, such as N95-grade safety masks, gloves, gowns, and hand sanitizer, are urgently needed by health care workers, including those in BC’s continuing care sector.

Health care workers, including those working in long-term care homes, assisted living residences and home care, are the heroes in our communities. Demand for this equipment and supplies has skyrocketed at the same time supply chains have been cut, putting the health and safety of our health care workers and those they care for at risk.

Do you have any of these supplies? If you do, then your contribution can make a life-saving difference. We are reaching out to those who can contribute any of the following products:

• Exam gloves (FDA-approved)
• N95 masks (FDA-, NIOSH-, or CSA-approved)
• Surgical masks (FDA-approved)
• Hand sanitizer (60% alcohol or higher)
• Medical-grade disinfection wipes
• Protective gowns
• Eye protection

All contributions must be unused and unopened. We are not accepting any other items.

We are asking people to go to to learn what supplies are needed and how they can donate. The BC Care Providers Association is also rerouting their Route 65 toll-free number—1-877-955-6565—to help with this effort.

We must all work together and support each other during the COVID-19 crisis. Your contributions to this vital program will save lives.

SafeCare BC appreciates contributions from BC Care Providers Association, Big Steel Box, City of Vancouver, and the City of Surrey in the support of Operation Protect.

Thank you!

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Resources on Covid-19/ Coronavirus & Pandemic Awareness

The Canadian Trucking Alliance has been working with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety to supply a host of compliance resources for members, as well as materials related to emergency preparedness and Covid-19/ Coronavirus and Pandemic Awareness.

BC Trucking Association’s recent bulletin with resources

Essential Services Letter – March 13, 2020

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ICBC and Police Remind Drivers to “Take a Break” from their Phones


Since 2014, more than one in four fatal crashes on B.C. roads have involved distracted driving, which is why ICBC and police continue to combat this dangerous driving behaviour that claims 76 lives each year.*

This month, drivers will be hearing one message – take a break from your phone when you’re behind the wheel. Not only is it dangerous, but the costs can add up quickly.

One distracted driving ticket is $368 plus four penalty points ($252) for a total of $620. And this number vastly increases to more than $2,500 if you get a second distracted driving ticket within 12 months. Yet tough penalities haven’t deterred some drivers, with an average of 1,335 drivers receiving multiple tickets every year.**

If you want to save your money for something more fun, remember to leave your phone alone while driving.

Police across B.C. are ramping up distracted driving enforcement during March, and community volunteers are setting up Cell Watch deployments to remind drivers to leave their phone alone. The campaign also features advertising and social media support.

Drivers can do their part by avoiding distractions while driving and encouraging others to do the same. Activate Apple’s Do Not Disturb While Driving feature or what’s similarly available on other devices. Free ‘not while driving’ decals are available at ICBC driver licensing offices and participating Autoplan broker offices for drivers to support the campaign and encourage other road users to leave their phones alone.

You can get tips and statistics in an infographic at

Chief Constable Neil Dubord, Chair of the BC Association of Chiefs of Police Traffic Safety Committee

“Distracted driving continues to be a serious issue in our province – it’s the number one cause of crashes. Police officers see distracted drivers on the roads in every community. We are stepping up efforts making sure people leave their phones alone while driving.”

Lindsay Matthews, ICBC’s Vice-President Public Affairs & Driver Licensing

“Using electronic devices, like smartphones, is one of the most common and riskiest forms of distracted driving. Safer roads start with every driver making a conscious decision to focus on the road and leave their phones alone. Let’s all do our part to create a safer driving culture in B.C.”

Regional statistics*:

  • Every year, on average, 26 people are killed in distracted driving-related crashes in the Lower Mainland.
  • Every year, on average, nine people are killed in distracted driving-related crashes on Vancouver Island.
  • Every year, on average, 29 people are killed in distracted driving-related crashes in the Southern Interior.
  • Every year, on average, 12 people are killed in distracted driving-related crashes in the North Central region.

*Police data from 2014 to 2018. Distraction: where one or more of the vehicles involved had contributing factors including use of communication/video equipment, driver inattentive and driver internal/external distraction.

**Annual average based on 2016 to 2018 ICBC data.

Editor’s note: Interviews and photo/video opportunities of enforcement in Vancouver this morning. Please contact ICBC for details.

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SafetyDriven is for Moving and Storage, Too!

You may know SafetyDriven as a one-stop shop for trucking safety information and resources. And yes, “Trucking Safety Council of BC” is part of our official name. But proud as we are to serve the commercial trucking industry, we are much more than that.

For moving and storage companies, we offer services and resources ranging from our Certificate of Recognition (COR) program to Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) courses. We have forms, templates, videos, posters, and blogs related to the health and safety challenges of moving and storage professionals.

Our COR program, for example, is for any company, large or small, that wants to reap the benefits of committing to a strong health and safety management program. The financial benefits of having COR may include WorkSafeBC premium rebates and better cost controls for your company. Having COR also shows that your company prioritizes health and safety, which can attract quality employees and engage today’s socially-conscious clients. COR registration is simple and free, and we will tailor your COR program specifically to your needs.

In today’s world of social media, blogs are a popular source of up-to-the-minute information. SafetyDriven publishes blogs every week on topics of interest to moving and storage workers, for example:

Manual material handling or MMH is a big part of moving and storage. Unfortunately, over 60% of work-related injuries to drivers in this industry stem from MMH. SafetyDriven provides dozens of resources on this important subject to inform company owners and managers and to educate workers. Our MMH videos include:

All these MMH resources and many more are available via SafetyDriven’s Manual Material Handling page. Employers will find a number of them conveniently bundled in our MMH Employer Resource Toolkit, also accessed through the MMH page.

Work in warehouses can be a big part of moving and storage, and we have resources specifically covering warehouse safety, including:

Moving and storage is a challenging, high-pressure business. Let us help you keep everyone in your company safer.

We welcome suggestions on which moving and storage resources or topics you’d like to see added or covered in more depth on our website. Email with your ideas.

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New COR Certified Companies: F & G Delivery, WDI Services, Steve Hallaert Trucking, and many more!

Congratulations to our new COR certified companies:

F & G Delivery
WDI Services
Steve Hallaert Trucking Ltd.
Red Spade Ent Ltd.
M & M Water Trucks Ltd.

Owner Operators:
Varpal Trucking Ltd
Wojciech Trucking Ltd.
Satnum Sagu
1201566 B.C. Ltd.
Bogdan Tarekanov
Chandanpreet Bhambi
Hung Van Nguyen
Independent Truck & Crane (ITC) Ltd.
Duc Huu Tran
Manny & Yogesh Logistics Inc.
Pacific Point Trucking Ltd.
Bao Van Pham
1200440 B.C. Ltd.
Bonn Chaldwen Redota
1223180 B.C. Ltd.
Mahadev Trucking Ltd.
Jatinder Rai
JGP Trucking Ltd.
Alsaud (Mohammed) Atick
Bhupinder Singh Boparai
Baj-Way Transport Ltd
Sanjay Vashisht
Overhaul Transport Ltd.

These companies have all achieved a Certificate of Recognition through SafetyDriven – Trucking Safety Council of BC!

The Certification of Recognition is an initiative that recognizes and rewards employers who develop and implement sustainable occupational health and safety programs. Their COR programs meet or exceed provincial requirements by taking a “best practices” approach to health and safety.

Companies who achieve COR – which involves standards for documentation, participation in training, an internal review process, and an on-site audit – are eligible for WorkSafeBC premium rebates of up to 10%.

Learn more about the COR program.

List of COR Certified companies.

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Roadcheck 2020 to Focus on Driver Inspections

Even though it’s a little earlier this year, ‘tis the season for a Roadcheck inspection blitz. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced that its annual International Roadcheck commercial vehicle inspection blitz week will take place across the United States May 5-7. Roadcheck has traditioinally been held the first week of June. However, this year, the date was moved up by one month, from June to May, when the weather may be more favorable for many jurisdictions, CVSA said.

International Roadcheck is a high-volume, high-visibility three-day enforcement initiative that highlights the importance of commercial motor vehicle safety through roadside inspections. Over that 72-hour period, commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America will conduct inspections on commercial motor vehicles and drivers.

Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. This year’s focus is on the driver requirements category of a roadside inspection.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s fiscal 2019 data (as of Dec. 27, 2019), of the 3.36 million inspections conducted, 944,794 driver violations were discovered, of which 195,545 were out-of-service conditions.

“With last year’s federal electronic logging device full-compliance mandate in the U.S., the alliance decided that this year’s International Roadcheck would be the perfect opportunity to revisit all aspects of roadside inspection driver requirements,” said CVSA President John Samis with the Delaware State Police.

About the inspections
During Roadcheck, CVSA-certified inspectors primarily conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, a 37-step procedure that includes two main inspection categories: an examination of driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. A third category, hazardous materials/dangerous goods, may also be part of a Level I Inspection. Depending on weather conditions, available resources or other factors, inspectors may opt to conduct the Level II Walk-Around Driver/Vehicle Inspection, Level III Driver/Credential/Administrative Inspection or Level V Vehicle-Only Inspection.

An inspector will start each inspection procedure by greeting, interviewing and preparing the driver. The inspector will collect and verify the driver’s documents, identify the motor carrier, examine the driver’s license or commercial driver’s license, check record of duty status and review periodic inspection report(s). If applicable, the inspector will check the Medical Examiner’s Certificate, Skill Performance Evaluation Certificate, and the driver’s daily vehicle inspection report. Inspectors will also check drivers for seat belt usage, illness, fatigue, and apparent alcohol and/or drug possession or impairment.

The vehicle inspection includes checking critical vehicle inspection items such as brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft components, driver’s seat (missing), exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices, steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims and hubs, and windshield wipers.

If no critical vehicle inspection item violations are found during a Level I or Level V Inspection, a CVSA decal will be applied to the vehicle, indicating that the vehicle successfully passed a decal-eligible inspection conducted by a CVSA-certified inspector.

If an inspector does identify critical vehicle inspection item violations, he or she may render the vehicle out of service if the condition meets the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria. This means the vehicle cannot be operated until the vehicle violation(s) are corrected. A driver can also be placed out of service for driver credential-related issues or driver conditions, such as fatigue or impairment.

“Announcing the dates of International Roadcheck has always been a deliberate, thoughtful and purposeful decision by the Alliance,” said Sgt. Samis. “By announcing the dates in advance, we hope to remind motor carriers of the importance of proactive vehicle maintenance and remind drivers to be prepared for inspections and to always conduct pre- and post-trip inspections. We want every vehicle and driver inspected during this initiative to pass inspection with no violations.”

Samis added, “We’re aware that some drivers opt to stay off roadways during the three days of International Roadcheck. Although there is certainly an increase in the number of inspections conducted during International Roadcheck, it’s important to remember that inspections are conducted every day of the year. Inspectors will be inspecting commercial motor vehicles the day before International Roadcheck starts, the day after it ends, as well as any other day of the year.”

International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with approximately 17 trucks and buses inspected, on average, every minute in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. during a 72-hour period. Since its inception in 1988, more than 1.6 million roadside inspections have been conducted during International Roadcheck campaigns.

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Entry-level Driver Training Moves Forward at National Level


TORONTO, Ont. – Canada’s transportation and highway safety ministers have approved a national entry-level training standard for commercial vehicle drivers, which will ultimately be included in the National Safety Code.

The announcement was made today following an annual meeting of the ministers.

The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) believes the details will ultimately echo mandatory entry-level training standards (MELT) adopted in Ontario.

“Since last year, we have made progress on important files, including improving school bus safety, adopting a

national standard for entry-level training of commercial motor vehicle drivers, and launching the Pan-Canadian Competitive Trade Corridor Initiative,” federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau said, following the meeting with his provincial and territorial counterparts.

One collision in particular continues to be a touchstone for trucking safety initiatives such as this one.

“The Humboldt Broncos tragedy in Saskatchewan is something very high on our agenda when it comes to traffic safety, truck safety, and our transportation system,” Saskatchewan Highways and Infrastructure Minister Greg Ottenbreit said during a related press briefing.

The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) was quick to applaud the initiative.

“The basis of this commitment was clear – that all Canadians should expect that people who receive their commercial driver’s licence and share the road with Canadians should be properly trained,” said Canadian Trucking Alliance chairman Scott Smith.

“It’s a historic day for the trucking industry, which wholeheartedly shares the government’s vision for improved highway safety. Canadian tractor-trailer drivers across Canada who challenge the licensing test will now have to undergo a meaningful, minimum level of training and will be tested on the same technical elements they were trained for.”

“Today’s announcement marks another chapter in the evolution of an already-strong partnership between CTA and [the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators] to improve highway safety in the truck-training sector through policy development,” said CTA president Stephen Laskowski. “Government officials and CTA will be working together continuously to ensure that minimum pre-licensing training is held to the highest standard over time and consistency is applied across all jurisdictions.”

Provinces and territories are ultimately responsible for driver licensing.

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Lakehead Tries to Figure out Trucker Depression


THUNDER BAY, Ont. – Stress and poor mental health are already known to affect many longhaul truckers.

Now, researchers at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ont., are trying to pinpoint the causes.

“Risk factors for depression in truckers are currently poorly understood in the literature,” the university said.

“This study will allow for us to better understand factors that may influence the risk of depression in truckers.”

It added that the information the research generates can be used by all stakeholders in the industry to improve the working environment of longhaul truckers.

The project is led by Prof. Vicki Kristman and graduate student Nyasha Makuto, who will use the data for her master’s thesis, Risk Factors for Depression in Longhaul Truck Drivers: A Cross-sectional Study Design.

They are working with the Owner-Operator’s Business Association of Canada (OBAC) to promote the study.

“We need to have real conversations about mental health. And we need better research that includes input from drivers themselves about what’s happening out on the road that impacts their health and well being,” said Joanne Ritchie, executive director of OBAC.

As a first step in determining the scope of the problem, the university is conducting an online survey on mental health issues.

“Ideally, I want to compare between American and Canadian and truckers,” said Makuto, adding that they face different working conditions.

Makuto told Tuesday that she would need 210 respondents to make such comparisons.

In the U.S., the Bureau of Labor Statistics said in a report released in 2018 that because of the potential for accidents, truck drivers have one of the highest rates of injuries and illnesses of all occupations.

That report followed a previous U.S. projection that more than a million American truckers will experience job-related trauma during their careers.

Recent campaigns by industry stakeholders have pushed the mental health of truckers to the front burner, with awareness workshops being held in various parts of North America.

Next month, Trucking HR Canada will host such a workshop in Toronto.

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Bell Let’s Talk Day is January 29 and We’re Joining in to Help Create Positive Change.

Mental illness affects people of all ages and from all walks of life. According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, one in five people in Canada will experience a mental health issue or illness in any given year. Over the past 9 years, Canadians and people around the globe have joined in the world’s largest conversation around mental health on Bell Let’s Talk Day. Together we have taken big steps to reduce the stigma around mental health issues.

In a recent survey conducted by Nielsen Consumer Insights in 2019, 84% of Canadians now say they are comfortable speaking with others about mental health, compared to only 42% in 2012.

However, there is still work to be done to ensure all Canadians have access to the mental health support they need. This year, on Bell Let’s Talk Day Canadians are encouraged to share the actions, large and small, that they are taking to improve the lives of people living with mental health issues.

That’s why we’re joining in on the 10th annual Bell Let’s Talk Day to help create positive change. SafetyDriven – TSCBC is joining in to help create positive change.

When it comes to mental health, every action counts.

On Bell Let’s Talk Day, for every text, mobile and long distance call made on the Bell network, tweet using #BellLetsTalk, social media video view, or use of the Facebook frame or Snapchat filter, Bell will contribute 5 cents more to Canadian mental health programs.


You can also learn more about some of the organizations providing meaningful mental health supports and services throughout Canada and download the  to begin your own conversation about mental health at home, school or in the workplace.

Join in to as we work together to improve the lives of Canadians living with mental health issues and help create positive change.

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