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Mini-Tanker’s COVID-19 Response

Last updated: 1 February 2022

What we are doing

Mini-Tankers will continue to apply and act using the guidance from the Ministry of Health (MoH) and other Government agencies as the COVID-19 Protection Framework (a.k.a Traffic Light System) comes into effect as of December 2021, Mini-Tankers remains committed to always delivering fuel safely and all our Mini Tankers team are fully vaccinated. Under Red and Orange Traffic Light setting, the following extra precautions are being taken with our deliveries as we look to ensure we look after the safety of our team and yours.

Hand washing, sanitising and PPE

Standard practice for our Mini-Tanker drivers undertaking deliveries has always been to wear gloves. In the event there are areas or pieces of equipment that make it impracticable for gloves to be worn, they will be sanitising those surfaces. As a result, the delivery time may take longer so we request your patience. Drivers are also practicing increased hand washing and sanitising, as well as cleaning surfaces in their vehicles during and after each shift. 

Physical distancing

Mini-Tanker drivers will continue to maintain physical distancing of two meters in order to safely continue working, so please do not approach them. Where physical distancing is compromised, the driver is empowered to stop the delivery until distancing is achieved, or if they feel the delivery cannot be completed safely, they will enforce a STOP WORK AUTHORITY (SWA). A Mini-Tankers representative will follow-up to work through the situation. No deliveries will occur to the particular machine, equipment or site until there is shared agreement and the issues are resolved and operationalized. Where a Mini-Tanker Operator has been determined as not complying with site rules their management and Mini-Tankers will immediately, on being notified, engage with the Operator and take actions commensurate with the non-conformance.

Traceability

Mini-Tankers

In the event it becomes apparent that a Mini-Tanker Operator has COVID-19 and/or may have exposed a customer/site, which adds to a higher-than-normal risk of community transmission, Mini-Tankers will alert the customer at the earliest opportunity. Mini-Tanker vehicles have several telematic systems on-board which provide data to enable traceability.

The Customer

In the event it becomes apparent to a customer that one of their staff or a 3rd party service provider(s) working on-site has COVID-19 and/or may have exposed Mini-Tankers to a higher-than-normal risk of community transmission, Mini-Tankers expects the Customer to advise Mini-Tankers on 0800 111 666 at the earliest opportunity.

What we would like from you 

  • As a Mini-Tanker customer, you commit to a shared responsibility approach to manage on-site activities and traceability relative to the Government’s guidelines dealing with positive COVID-19 cases i.e. inform Government authorities and Mini-Tankers immediately.
  • That any facility the Mini-Tanker Operator may use on-site is cleaned and sanitised at the end of the working day and that there is provision of additional hand sanitiser and wipe products, as per the hygiene protocols.
  • Advise Mini-Tankers of your traceability processes to ensure where necessary sharing of resources promotes early intervention and meets the NZ Government requirements.
  • A COVID-19 emergency response plan must be available and accessible on-site.
  • Mini-Tanker customers should comply with any government enforced service regulations.

Mini-Tankers Operating Practices Under COVID-19 Traffic Lights

Before Arriving On-site

  • Each customer must have a plan detailing their commitment and steps they will take to mitigate risks, including those presented by COVID-19. The details of the plan must be communicated to Mini-Tankers before they re-start deliveries.
  • If a site induction is required where possible, conduct a remote induction before arrival on site, this can be done via video conferencing or by phone. If an in-person induction is required, the physical distancing, mask-wearing and hygiene protocols must be followed i.e. two meters distancing and PPE.
  • Mini-Tankers will ensure their Operators have the pre-requisite PPE and awareness of physical distancing requirements etc.
  • Advise Mini-Tankers of their traceability processes to ensure where necessary sharing of resources promotes early intervention and meets the NZ Government requirements.
  • A COVID-19 emergency response plan must be available and accessible on site.

Site Entry

Mini-Tanker vehicles have several telematic systems onboard which provide detailed time and location traceability therefore Mini-Tankers do not see it necessary to complete any site entry register where the Operator is required to undertake either of the below actions which could increase risk of exposure:

  • physically touch any equipment to do so e.g. pen/ paper, keyboards etc.
  • enter an office or workspace where physical distancing may be compromised. An example and more on our traceability capability is included on the following page.

The physical distancing and hygiene protocols must be followed i.e. two meters distancing and PPE.

Site Operations

  • Any work undertaken by Mini-Tankers will be undertaken in such a way to ensure physical distancing and use of correct PPE i.e. as per the physical distancing and hygiene protocols.
  • Site deliveries may as a result of the additional requirements under COVID-19 Protection Framework in Red and Orange settings take longer. Mini-Tanker Operators are instructed to ensure their safety first in terms of physical distancing and hygiene e.g. ensuring surfaces and equipment touch points are clean where gloves cannot be worn.
  • Mini-Tanker Operator are instructed to call out a STOP WORK AUTHORITY (SWA) where they deem their safety and exposure risk is potentially or being compromised. Refer to Commitments and Expectations for more detail.
  • Wherever possible only one Operator will be operating the Mini-Tanker however from time to time it may be necessary for another person to accompany the primary Operator. Anyone accompanying will commit to follow the site protocols in relation to activities and COVID-19 specific requirements.
  • If a Mini-Tanker Operator is required to attend a Toolbox Talk they will only participate if safety critical information relating to immediate site operations is to be shared and only if physical distancing, mask-wearing and hygiene requirements can be achieved – if not they will call out a SWA and not participate.
  • If a Mini-Tanker Operator is a smoker it is acknowledged they must follow the physical distancing and hygiene protocols.

Leaving Site

  • Mini-Tanker vehicles have several telematic systems on-board which provide time and location traceability therefore Mini-Tankers do not see it necessary to complete any site departure register where the Operator is required to complete either of the below which may increase risk of exposure:
  • - physically touch any equipment to do so e.g. pen/paper, keyboards etc.

  • - enter an office or workspace where physical distancing may be compromised.

  • Where dockets are required to be left in offices or workspaces alternative arrangements must be put into place to avoid unnecessary exposure risk e.g. preferably a tray outside the office or work space and not a cabinet which requires touching to access. Alternatively you can move to e-dockets by emailing Minitankers.datasupport@z.co.nz
  • Mini-Tankers will ensure all waste and disposable PPE is removed from site and securely disposed of as per Mini-Tankers requirements

More Information

Phone: 0800 111 666  

Ask for your Mini-Tanker, Z Regional Account Manager contact details.

NZ Government COVID-19 Resources  

Healthline0800 358 5453  

Website: https://covid19.govt.nz/traffic-lights