Coronavirus: Ventilation and air conditioning in the workplace

Ventilation in vehicles used for work purposes

Guide

Make sure workers switch on ventilation systems while they’re using work vehicles. It is important to remember that they should be set to draw in fresh air and not to recirculate cabin air. Encourage your employees to keep vehicle windows open. If it’s cold they can leave the heating on to keep the vehicle comfortable.

If it’s safe to do so, opening doors of vehicles at stops or between different passengers will help to change the air quickly. Keeping windows open when the vehicle is moving or opening vehicle windows fully for a few minutes when stopped can also help clear the air.

The Department for Transport has guidance on working safely in taxis and private hire vehicles.

The Department for Infrastructure has guidance for public transport operators.

You should also make sure any control measures you identify by your risk assessment take account of the most up to date public health regulations and guidance.

Video on good ventilation in vehicles

Watch this quick video highlighting good ventilation for your vehicle.