Welcome to your weekly CoR Compliance Email Update! This Newsletter will help you to keep up to date with the Chain of Responsibility laws that govern the transport and logistics industry.
Industry and legislation updates
A major farming region of New South Wales is continuing to support the state’s Grain Harvest Management Scheme (GHMS) to permit trucks to haul more grain per load. Moree Plains Shire Council in northern NSW has signed up to the scheme for this year’s harvest season and has agreed to be involved from October 1, 2015 to January 1, 2016.
New South Wales authorities have claimed a record fine for a polluting vehicle in the M5 tunnel, and it appears the offender has repeatedly skimped on maintenance.
Truck drivers who fail to engage low gear when descending the South Eastern Freeway in the Adelaide Hills could be jailed under legislation the South Australian Government is drafting.
Western Australian transport minister Dean Nalder is promising red-tape reductions and efficiency gains for the trucking industry as part of a government-wide an anti-bureaucracy initiative.
Truckies get a raw deal at a lot of customer sites, according to one of the biggest employers in the Western Australian trucking industry.
Two recent appeal cases involving employees of transport and logistics and mining services companies have reinforced stringent interpretations of workplace injury.
Electronic work diaries could potentially expose rural truck drivers to significant fines due to the daily challenges they face, a Queensland Government MP has warned
Truck drivers need to be given some leeway when it comes to minor fatigue management breaches, according to a Queensland MP who says more must also be done to provide the industry with suitable rest areas.
The Productivity Commission’s draft report into Australia’s workplace relations framework has earned the ire of the Transport Workers Union (TWU). It says the commission’s recommendations would force many transport employees, truck drivers in particular, into poverty.
THE truck that caught fire at Glenview last week would have been unable to get off the Bruce Highway if Exit 190 had been closed according to the group that want plans to do that abandoned.
Four people had to be cut free from the wreckage after a truck veered across the M1 and ploughed into an oncoming Ute. The truck crossed the median strip at Pimpama about 6am, veered across four lanes, hit the oncoming Ute, and then crashed into bush on the other side of the motorway.
Officers said the truck, which was carrying a load of grain, collided with the train at a railway crossing on the Tullamore Road, five kilometres south of Narromine, about 5:20pm Wednesday.
Maribyrnong council is seeking a permanent ban on all non-local trucks using inner-west roads. In a motion to last week’s meeting, Cr Grant Miles called for a total ban on all heavy vehicles passing through Footscray and Yarraville on thoroughfares including Somerville Road and Francis, Buckley and Moore streets.
Weekly CoR implementation tip
Does your organisation have a Work Health and Safety Policy?
The purpose of a Work Health and Safety (WHS) Policy is to achieve a safe and healthy work environment.
There are also sub-policies that sit under and support the WHS policy in ensuring a safe and healthy working environment, including:
- Drugs and Alcohol Policy
- Fatigue Management Policy
- Speed Management Policy
- Load Management Policy.
The key components of a WHS Policy include:
- an expression of the organisation’s commitment, objectives and intentions for work health and safety;
- a set of general guidelines for work health and safety, such as a work health and safety management system;
- acceptance of primary responsibility for the health and safety function by senior management;
- the role of health and safety representatives and health and safety committees and an expression of support for these roles;
- an outline of the general responsibilities for the employer, managers, employees, contractors and visitors.
The WHS Policy supports the CoR Policy as the CoR and work health and safety functions work together to provide for the safety of employees and contractors.
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