ALRTA welcomes feedlot driver concern response


Lot feeders association amends its Covid-19 facility guidelines

ALRTA welcomes feedlot driver concern response
Stephen Marley

 

The Australian Lot Feeders Association (ALFA) has removed provisions in its Covid-19 facilities guide that previously denied truck driver access to amenities.

Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters' Association (ALRTA) thanks ALFA for its cooperation after it flagged the issue following concern for driver wellbeing.

ALFA removed the guideline ‘Do not permit drivers to use amenities or facilities’ from the document COVID-19 – A Guide for Feedlots.  

It now states "if drivers need to use amenities or facilities, consider they can do so in accordance with government guidelines".

ALRTA national president Stephen Marley says the change demonstrates that the rural supply chain can work together to best protect the safety of all workers.


Read the original statement of concern, here


"ALRTA understands the desire of ALFA to protect feedlot workers from Covid-19. In the midst of a public health emergency it is important to respond quickly," he says.

"There is little time to consult widely, let alone develop policy details. Lives matter. Time matters.
 
"However, sometimes the quick decision is not the best decision.

"Restricting access to amenities at feedlots would result in an increased fatigue risk, putting the lives of our drivers and other motorists in danger.
 
"I am pleased that ALFA has duly considered the concerns raised by ALRTA and reissued their Covid-19 guidelines including advice on how to provide access to amenities safely."

Social distancing guidelines are included and hand wash facilities – soap and water or hand sanitiser – are also asked to be provided for delivery drivers.

The revised ALFA Covid-19 guidelines can be found here.

 

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