Professional drivers must be given access to toilets following HSE guidance update
Companies must allow delivery drivers access to toilets as part of a Health and Safety Executive guidance update on workers’ welfare.
After a long-running campaign spearheaded by Gill Kemp at Truckers Toilets (UK), as well as the Unite union, the HSE said its guidance will now state: “Drivers must have access to welfare facilities in the premises they visit as part of their work.”
An HSE spokesman said: “As this is likely to take some time, key stakeholders are being informed now. The HSE has been aware for some time of concerns regarding access to welfare facilities for visiting delivery drivers.
“We have reviewed our approach including guidance to duty holders and re-examined the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, in particular Regulations 20 and 21.
“The welfare of all workers is a priority and we have consistently said drivers should have this sort of access. We also recognise the majority of duty holders do already provide reasonable access to toilets.”
Professional driver Chris Campbell recently complained that bonded warehouse Rohlig refused him access to its toilets, claiming it was a security issue.
Unite said it wanted to “end the problem of drivers having to go to the toilet behind bushes, or having to continually hold on due to being denied access to toilet facilities”.
Unite national officer Adrian Jones said: “This change in the application of the regulations is highly significant as it restores the dignity of drivers by giving them the right to use an employer’s toilet and hand-washing facilities.
“If employers continue to refuse our members access to toilets we will pursue them through all avenues open to us, and that will include naming and shaming companies that deny drivers the right to spend a penny.”Kemp described the news as “excellent” and added: “Things are beginning to move in favour of the drivers at long last.”
First double-deck trailer for Castell Howell fleet
Castell Howell has added its first double-deck trailer, a 13.6m Gray and Adams tri-axle trailer featuring a Carrier Transicold Vector 1950 multi-temperature (MT) refrigeration unit, to its fleet.
The double-decker joins the Carmarthenshire-based independent food wholesaler’s existing six-strong trailer fleet. According to Carrier Transicold, the Vector 1950 MT’s E-Drive all-electric technology reduces carbon dioxide emissions by lowering refrigerant leak rates by about 55% over conventional belt-driven systems.
It is part of an order from Castell Howell that includes 21 new Carrier Transicold systems: five direct-drive Xarios 600 MTs and 15 Supra truck-mounted systems spread across three models - the Supra 550, 850 MT and 1250 MT.
The Xarios and Supra units are mounted to 20 new rigid trucks with gross vehicle weights between 7.5 and 18 tonnes.
Martin Jones, director of transport operations at Castell Howell, which operates a fleet of 140 commercial vehicles said: “The service levels and uptime we get from Carrier Transicold are excellent.
“When it came to specifying the double-deck, we found the Vector 1950 MT ticked all of the right boxes - particularly impressing with its rapid pull-down speeds and excellent refrigerant containment.”
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