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Covid-19: do visors add to or reduce overall risk for station operations?

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A face-covering visor may reduce the risk of being infected with the Covid-19 virus when interacting with people on the station. But given the already relatively low risk of infection on the railway, do other considerations outweigh that benefit? 

We supported GTR in risk assessing and trialling the use of visors for platform dispatch staff. GTR has decided, for the moment, not to issue visors to its train dispatch staff. 

Through this work, RSSB has produced guidance on Face Visors as Protection from Covid-19 for Platform-Based Safety Critical Workers. This guidance provides information on the risks that visors can control and the risks that visors may introduce into the rail environment.

It also outlines the key steps that you can use to assess the suitability of visors through your own trials and assessment for specific job roles and locations. In particular it will help to identify the possible effects of wearing a visor on the user and their ability to carry out particular roles.

 
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