A free training unit developed by AgSafe to provide an overview of the significantly-expanded new Chain of Responsibility provisions in relation to heavy vehicle operation is now available online.
The changes to the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) that came into effect on 1 October 2018 align Chain of Responsibility more closely with work health and safety laws. Companies that operate, load, drives, sends or receives goods using a heavy vehicle, need to make certain all reasonably practicable steps are taken to ensure vehicles are properly loaded and goods secured.
They provide that every party in the heavy vehicle transport supply chain has a duty to ensure the safety of their transport activities.
This means businesses who own themselves or contract other heavy vehicle owners or drivers to deliver their produce need to be aware of their obligations to minimise harm or loss by taking steps to prevent, among other things, overloading, poorly-secured loads and driver fatigue.
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) advises that in practical terms, this primary duty represents an obligation yo eliminate or minimise potential harm or loss (risk) by doing all that is reasonably practicable to ensure safety.
As a party in the supply chain, the best way to do this is to have safety management systems and controls in place, such as business practices, training, procedures and review processes that:
- identify, assess, evaluate, and control risk
- manage compliance with speed, fatigue, mass, dimension, loading and vehicle standards requirements through identified best practice
- involve regular reporting, including to executive officers
- document or record actions taken to manage safety.
The Australian Trucking Association and Australian Logistics Council have produced an Industry Master Code to assist all businesses in the chain of responsibility to manage common risks and improve safety, it’s co-regulation in action.
The AgSafe training provides an introduction to the Master Code and the Chain of Responsibility. It takes 30-45 minutes to complete, is free, and includes information on
- Registered Industry Code of Practice (RICP)
- Compliance, due diligence & penalties
- Risk Management
- Mass, dimension & loading
- Speed, fatigue & vehicle standards
It has been prepared in consultation with the Regulator of the Heavy Vehicle National Law and with assistance from the Australian Trucking Association and the Australian Logistics Council.