Managing your health is very important to ensure you can complete your job in a safe manner. Here are some of the potential health risks and how you can manage them.
Enjoying good health and wellbeing
Working long hours and shift work means that extra planning is required to ensure drivers eat well and get enough exercise to maintain their health and wellbeing.
- Eat well with a balanced diet, high in fibre and avoiding fatty and salty foods
- Drink plenty of water and limit caffeine intake as it is not a good way to manage fatigue
- Take regular breaks and stretch when you can.
- On days off try and exercise to stay fit
Strains and sprains
Muscle strains and sprains can occur from sitting down for extended periods of times, turning around while driving and helping passengers with luggage.
- Adjust the driver’s seat (including the height and back rest) so drivers are in a comfortable position and can easily reach vehicle controls;
- Adjust mirrors to eliminate body twisting; and
- Use breaks to get out of the taxi to walk around and stretch muscles.
- Keep the luggage as close to the body as possible when handling it.
- Avoid lifting luggage with your back fully bent or twisted.
- If required, get assistance for heavy or awkward loads from the passenger.
- Always test the weight of the load before lifting – sometimes luggage may be very heavy which may not be obvious just by looking at it. Do not lift the luggage if you believe it is too heavy or awkward.
- Seek health advice from qualified professionals if sprain or strain injuries are sustained.
Getting in and out of a taxi during the day and the UV radiation from the sun that reaches you through the windscreen and windows of the vehicle, can result in sunburn and skin damage.
Protect skin from the sun by:
- wearing protective clothing, particularly on arms and your hands
- apply and reapply sunscreen during the day to the parts of your body exposed to the sun.