Re: Severe Heat Red Weather Warning – Distribution and Collections Drivers:
This is a further update to LTBs 310/22, 308/22, 306/22, 305/22 226/22 and 213/22.
This LTB should be read in conjunction with LTB 310/22 and the attachment to that LTB.
Following a number of enquiries from ASRs and Branches regarding Collections
and Distributions Drivers, the issue was subject to further discussions this morning with Royal Mail Directors and from there a further additional message has now been issued to
All managers from the Operations Director Ricky McAulay and Safety Director Phil
Graham (see copy attached).
Further to the previous message to all Managers regarding the Met Office’s red weather warning, in place for Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 July, the additional message issued today to Managers confirms that the guidance issued applies to all staff – and includes all collections and distribution drivers (including drivers of 7.5 tonne trucks).
Managers should check the Met Office website and recall all colleagues including drivers to the office if the temperature reaches 35 degrees C or above.
Drivers should return to their base as soon as possible, and be given further guidance based on the Severe Weather Risk Assessment which should be undertaken in consultation with CWU ASRs and WSRs.
Managers have been told to work with the affected workforce and CWU Safety Reps in periods of high temperatures and allow staff to make personal judgements throughout the day.
All workers should be advised to cover up, drink plenty of water, take breaks in the shade, apply sunscreen – and return to the office if at any time they feel unwell due to the heat and intense sunlight.
CWU National Health, Safety & Environment Officer