Guidance document is currently under review and is available in DRAFT format.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, FDOT recognizes that agencies are taking proactive steps to protect operators and passengers. Before implementing any protective measures, each agency should conduct a Hazard Risk Analysis to determine their best course of action. Current CDC recommendations for protecting against spread of COVID-19 should be considered in any potential action as well as any actual or potential hazards that may be introduced by the action.
FDOT has recognized that some agencies are using barriers to protect their drivers. FDOT is providing transit agencies with information to assist with effectively navigating the decision to install barriers to minimize the spread of COVID-19, while continuing to ensure operator and passenger safety.
Prior to constructing and or installing any type of driver barrier agencies must conduct a safety risk assessment consistent with a safety management systems (SMS) approach. More information on SMS, specifically, safety risk management, can be found here: https://www.transit.dot.gov/sites/fta.dot.gov/files/docs/regulations-and-guidance/safety/public-transportation-agency-safety-program/133521/ptasp-safety-risk-management_0.pdf
To ensure minimum safety standards are met, the completed risk assessment and proposed design should be sent to FDOT for review. Only after approval from FDOT may the agencies begin installation of the COVID-19 barriers.
The safety risk assessment must consider the operating environment, existing procedures and training, equipment, and human factors. Mitigations, such as operator training, construction materials, operator line of sight, driver entry and egress, and first responder and operator access in an emergency, should be considered. Agencies should identify any/all potential hazards that could happen as a result of adding a barrier to the greatest extent possible. Transit agencies should consult with the vehicle manufacturer and operations during this process to make certain that vehicle operators are involved in the risk assessment process. The risk assessment process must be well documented and may include a checklist.