Mega Carrier Comes Clean About Providing Drivers with Ineffective Disinfectant Wipes
Green Bay, WI – A mega carrier’s internal memo reveals the trucking company unwittingly distributed disinfectant wipes to its more than 10,000 drivers that are not approved by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
A Schneider National memo obtained by Transportation Nation Network (TNN) indicates the carrier has been distributing wipes to its driver fleet deemed insufficient under CDC guidelines to effectively kill COVID-19.
“Based on driver feedback and follow-up with the vendor who provided the wet wipe packets we’ve been distributing at OCs, we have confirmed that the alcohol content is not sufficient to meet CDC guidelines for disinfection,” the memo states. “At the time of purchase, it was our understanding that they did meet the CDC expectations.”
The Green Bay-based carrier says it is working to procure new wipes with a higher alcohol content.
CDC guidelines say wipes must contain at least 70% isopropyl alcohol in order to effectively disinfect surfaces.
“If you continue to use the wipes that have already been distributed, first add some disinfectant spray or a small amount of hand sanitizer,” the memo says.
Schneider says it is working to quickly disperse wipes that meet current CDC guidelines.
Many trucking companies are providing cleaning products such as hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes to its fleet during the coronavirus outbreak.
It’s yet another reminder that truckers are on the front lines in risking their health for the good of the nation.
However, truckers continue to express concern that stakeholders, shippers, receivers, and government leaders are not doing enough to adequately protect them from contracting the coronavirus.
In fact, a trucker from Iowa launched a petition last week asking President Trump, the Department of Transportation, and other leaders to better protect truckers through the COVID-19 pandemic.
The petition’s organizer, Rachelle Tuttle, told TNN, “We are not superhuman. We are going to get sick too.”
Further, Tuttle says drivers need better guidance from health officials and trucking companies on what to do if they fall ill while over the road.
“It’s not outside the realm of possibility that a driver finds himself 2,000 miles away from home, and what are you supposed to do? I don’t think most drivers are getting guidance,” she said.
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