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Limit Spread of Infected Vehicles

Assign vehicles so as to limit the number of different vehicles a worker uses in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19 from infected workers to their coworkers.
Rear Door Boarding

Rear door boarding of all passengers, other than those who need a wheelchair ramp to board.

Installation of cordon or barrier to prevent use of front seats by passengers other than those in a wheelchair (or similar mobility device).

Elimination of all fare collection.

Worker Wellness

Voluntary and regular health checks on the property with a health professional who can answer questions
about COVID-19.

List of OPEN buildings and businesses along routes with access to public washrooms.

Appropriate leave policy, including moratorium on discipline for attendance occurrence related to COVID-19,
and a complement of 15 days of paid Pandemic Leave.

Fully-paid testing for exposed workers.

Fully-paid treatment for infected workers.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
• Hand sanitizer, disposable gloves, goggles or face shield, disinfecting wipes, and trash receptacle with liner.
• N95 respirator. Operator properly fitted for respirator, and trained on respirator usage and techniques to
avoid contamination.
• Training on proper putting on, using and removing gloves and other PPE in order to avoid contamination.
• Sufficient surgical (or more protective) masks for passengers.
Vehicle Minimum Specifications

Frontline Worker PPE

2 oz. bottle of hand sanitizer (minimum 60% alcohol).

Disposable gloves.

Disinfecting wipes for wiping down work area surfaces.

Package of tissues for personal use.

Fitted N95 mask, and training on proper use.
Vehicle Cleaner PPE

Fitted N95 mask, and training on proper use.

Protective goggles or face shields.

Protective gloves.

Protective gown(s).

Waterproof knee pads to kneel on.

Ability to periodically use handwashing facilities.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Contaminated Vehicles and Facilities
(and Those Suspected of Contamination)

Immediate removal of vehicle from service.

Immediate closing to the public and non-essential personnel of any portion of a facility suspected of contamination.

Doors and windows of vehicles and facilities left open long enough for air changes to remove potentially infectious particles. No less than one hour before cleaning and disinfecting vehicles. Up to 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting facilities.

The air in buses recycles in the cabin and then flows to the front carrying bacteria and viruses with it.  EVERY OPERATOR should use these AIR CONTROL SETTINGS to create safer airflow in their vehicles. Also,
where temporary barriers have been installed, these settings will INCREASE effectiveness.
1. Driver’s window CLOSED
2. Driver’s air and front vents set to FRESH
3. Blowers on FULL POWER in Front (wear earplugs)
4. Passenger windows CLOSED
5. Front roof hatch CLOSED
6. Blowers OFF in back
7. Rear roof hatch OPEN at its back
8. REAR DOOR Boarding