Are your drivers and passengers protected from COVID-19?

Are your drivers and passengers protected from COVID-19?

Posted by Lori Blackman on Apr 17, 2020 3:00:31 PM

 

With the recent government announcement around how level 3 will work, thoughts start turning to return-to-work plans. Something that’s important to consider is how everyone is going to stay safe at work.

With a regular cleaning regime in the workplace being an important aspect of this, you might be wondering – how do I keep my fleet of company vehicles (which may be shared among drivers) sanitised and safe?

As COVID-19 is spread through droplets which can live on some surfaces for up to 3 days (depending on the surface), there is a very slight chance your company vehicles could become a vector for transmission, especially if being used by multiple staff.

How do I ensure my vehicles are a safe place of work?

Car Cleaning

Before beginning to sanitise your vehicle, make sure your hands are clean and preferably wear gloves – no point cleaning your vehicle with dirty hands!

The COVID virus can be killed by plain old soap and water and a bit of a scrub. Take a small amount of soapy water and scrub all surfaces inside your ute, ensuring you wipe and dry them thoroughly to reduce soap smears and residue.

Laundry detergent and water can also be used on the upholstery – just make sure you don’t use too much water or allow this to soak into the seat cushion, otherwise you’ll end up with upholstery stains and mouldy and musty seat cushions. Just give the seat a light scrub with a small amount of water and laundry detergent and you’ll be fine

Isopropyl Alcohol

Another medium that’s very effective at killing this little nasty is a 60-95% alcohol solution such as isopropyl alcohol. In fact, Isopropyl alcohol is used by car part manufacturers to clean their product before it’s installed into the vehicle, so you can rest assured that this is a safe substance to use on the dash of your work vehicle. Ensure that the solution you’re using is a minimum of 60% alcohol to kill the virus. Only use isopropyl alcohol on the hard, plastic parts of your vehicle – it doesn’t react very well with upholstery.

We’d recommend using a microfibre cloth to clean the interior of your work vehicle. This reduces the risk of scratching surfaces with dust or dirt particles picked up while cleaning. Otherwise see here for a range of different wipes specifically designed for use on vehicles.

PLEASE DON’T USE:

  • Hydrogen Peroxide and bleach have been shown to be very effective against COVID-19. However, using these inside your vehicle will probably destroy or damage any surfaces they touch.
  • Ammonia-based cleaning products have also been flagged as damaging to some surfaces in your vehicle, so steer clear of these.

What areas should I be cleaning? 

Clean all areas that are commonly touched – we’ve put together a brief checklist below:

  • External Door Handles
  • Internal Door Handles
  • Steering Wheel
  • Steering Column
  • Indicator Lever
  • Wiper Lever
  • Handbrake
  • Stereo and Aircon controls
  • Light Switches
  • Grab Handles
  • Armrests
  • Gear Lever
  • Rear View mirror casing
  • Seat Adjustment controls
  • Seat Belt buckles
  • Anything else you might touch during a journey

Click the button below to get a printable version of our checklist:

Vehicle Cleaning Checklist

Now that you’ve cleaned and sanitised your vehicle, keep it clean by implementing a regular cleaning routine, and ensuring you wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser before you enter the vehicle.

Consider keeping a sanitising kit in your vehicle with alcohol wipes, hand sanitiser and tissues for future use. It might also be a good idea to keep a small pack of gloves might also be a good idea to keep in the ute for when you need to refuel – leave those germs on the fuel pump!

 

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