FTA Ireland (FTAI) has issued advice to logistics operators regarding COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. Aidan Flynn, General Manager of FTAI comments:

“Those working in the freight distribution and logistics sector must work effectively, collaboratively and transparently in assessing the risk of COVID-19 to the international supply chain. It is important for operators to assess the potential level of impact on their businesses, put in place the appropriate mitigation measures and to review the situation regularly. Communication is key and it is crucial for businesses to consult with workers regarding this matter.”

Information given to FTAI’s members includes how the virus is spread and how best to protect individuals and teams as a whole, and follows similar guidance issued by HSE and government. Mr Flynn continues: “We are advising all businesses in the supply chain to work together to protect their employees. Mobile workers are particularly vulnerable as many of them move throughout the continent on a daily basis. We are urging businesses to provide facilities for drivers to wash their hands regularly; workers must also be mindful of frequently touched objects and surfaces.

“We are also advising our members to check the website of the Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade regularly to see where travel restrictions may be in place – for example, the Italian government has now isolated several regions.  Working together, the logistics industry can keep goods moving and the workforce as safe as possible.”