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Increased PPE use, sanitation likely to be part of trucking’s ‘new norm’

As COVID-19 spread across the country, businesses that couldn’t work from home scrambled to develop plans to keep employees safe from the pandemic and offices germ-free.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) was the first line of defense for essential workers, including truck drivers, and 85% of fleets that responded to a recent CCJ survey measuring the coronavirus’ impact on motor carriers said their drivers were wearing masks and gloves, with another 70% reporting increased facility cleaning.

Polaris Transportation Group, a less-than-truckload cross-border carrier based in Mississauga, Ontario, has been providing protective eyewear, gloves and hand sanitizer, and there’s more PPE on the way.