Here at Bluestones Supply Chain, we understand a lot of drivers and industrial staff will be uncertain whether they are classed as a key worker or if they should still be going to their place of work. We wanted to outline what workers in the supply chain are critical to the COVID-19 response and which individuals should still be going to work.

Key workers

Last week the government released a list of key workers, also known as critical workers, whose work is vital the COVID-19 response. Those classed as key workers are able to access schooling for their children if they are not able to keep them safely at home.

The full list of key workers can be found on the government website, but for those working throughout the supply chain it includes:

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

For clarity, this includes all professional drivers involved in the distribution or delivery of key goods and those working in supermarkets, food manufacturers and warehouses stocking essential goods.

Transport

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.
For workers throughout the supply chain, this means if they are working on transport systems which are vital to the country’s supply chains.

Do I need documentation?

The FTA has been aware that in parts of the UK there have been instances of those travelling to work being stopped and asked for proof of their reason for travel. However, at present, the government does not require drivers to provide paperwork to demonstrate that they are key workers in the event they are stopped. This is on the basis that individuals should not be required to carry official papers to demonstrate their right to be on the road.

Attending work

As outlined in Boris Johnson’s briefing last night, you should only attend work if you are unable to do your job from home. For all drivers and industrial workers throughout the supply chain, this means you should be attending your place of work unless you are told overwise by your employer or agency.

If you are still uncertain whether you are classed as a key worker or if you should be attending work, please get in touch with us and we would be more than happy to help.

We understand that many of you will be concerned about your livelihoods and income stream during this difficult time – we share your concerns and want to help wherever we can. If you’re currently looking for a role, please view our latest opportunities or get in contact with the team to discuss what we have available.

Chester: 01928 444 051

Derby:01332 913 171

Glasgow: 0141 442 0060

North East: 0191 814 9960