Taxi drivers have constant exposure to many people on a regular basis. During the COVID-19 pandemic, taxi services proved to be especially important for people who don’t have access to personal transportation, but every taxi driver needs to be aware of the added health concerns this creates for them. Use the guidance provided by OSHA and the CDC to protect yourself, your passengers and your family.
How to Clean Taxis Between Riders
Taxi services are a vital means of transportation. The CDC recommends that taxi drivers use cloth face coverings when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Drivers should also avoid picking up multiple passengers who aren’t from the same household. Avoid face touching. Practice good hand hygiene. If money is transferred, wear gloves. OSHA recommends leaving windows open while driving to increase airflow through the vehicle.
Taxis must be cleaned regularly. The CDC recommends that every vehicle be cleaned before and after each shift. If a passenger who is visibly sick is transported, the vehicle should be cleaned and disinfected before picking up another passenger. Here are the CDC guidelines:
- Hard non-porous surfaces in and out of the vehicle should be cleaned with an alcohol solution of at least 70% alcohol or another EPA registered antimicrobial product against the coronavirus. OSHA specifies disposable towels be provided to drivers.
- Soft or porous surfaces, such as fabric, should be cleaned with EPA-approved cleaners that combat COVID-19 and are suitable for these surfaces.
- Electronic surfaces that are frequently touched should be disinfected per the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Drivers should wear gloves and disposable personal protective equipment during cleaning.
- Once cleaning is finished, taxi drivers should remove the PPE and dispose of it. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Work clothes should be laundered after each shift. Wash hands after handling dirty laundry.
- Provide a trash receptacle for drivers and customers.
- Install plexiglass partitions between the driver and passenger compartments.
- Have passengers ride in the back seat.
Take Time to Protect Passengers and Drivers
OSHA recommends that drivers who are sick should be encouraged to stay home. Drivers should also report safety and health concerns to their managers. Taxi insurance policies that protect taxi drivers from liability claims are one option to give drivers and managers peace of mind during the COVID-19 pandemic. American Risk Management offers commercial auto insurance and other types of policies that protect your business.
About American Risk Management
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