Coronavirus (COVID-19) Risk Assessment

Bristol Travel Ltd has always put safety as its number one priority and right now, this is more important than ever.

Things may be a little different but ensuring safety and well-being always comes first and we want customers to be confident to travel with Bristol Travel Ltd and colleagues to have peace of mind when at work.

This article provides a summary assessment of our approach to reducing the risk to our customers, colleagues and others affected by our operations of contracting Covid-19 when travelling or working with Bristol Travel Ltd.

In determining appropriate control measures, we have followed relevant Government guidance and will continue to review these measures as this develops. 

Consultation

We have consulted and taken feedback from:

• Government bodies including the Department for Transport, Public Health England.

• Trade and industry bodies including CPT (Confederation for Passenger Transport UK)

• Our partner operators

• Suppliers and contractors

This has assisted us in designing and implementing the controls which are summarised below.

Risk controls

We have implemented a number of key risk controls across our vehicle fleet as follows…

Social distancing

• Signage, posters to control social distancing

• Limiting the maximum capacity of all Minibuses. Passengers travelling alone will be asked to sit in window seats. People travelling together as part of the same household or in a social bubble (as defined by the Government) may, on certain selected routes and at our discretion, be able to sit together. This means the aisle seat may be occupied but on one side of the vehicle only.

Cleaning and personal hygiene

• Enhanced cleaning regimes and increased frequency of cleaning of touch points

• The introduction of regular aerosol based disinfection with a high performance antiviral solution –  sometimes called ‘fogging’ – on our vehicles

• Mandatory requirement for customers to wear a face covering when in our vehicles

• Hand sanitiser available for customers at entrance to vehicles

• Disposable face masks available to all customers. 

Managing customers, colleagues and partners

• Management structures allow oversight and regular supervision of these control measures

• Management teams who are briefed and or trained on the relevant guidelines

• Monitoring programme to ensure compliance with risk controls

• Communication via briefings, posters.

• Guidance to only use Designated pickup points if travelling and limiting arrival time to manage capacity at pickup points.

• Staggered work patterns, including meal and break times

Risk evaluation and results

Based on our evaluation of the current controls, the risks associated with coronavirus (COVID-19) are reduced to as low as is reasonably practicable within our vehicles.