Welcome to your weekly CoR Compliance Email Update! This update 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
Recent improvements to heavy vehicle regulations in South Australia will have national productivity benefits, National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) CEO Sal Petroccitto believes.
Truck drivers hauling livestock will be able to work up to 11 days straight under a new fatigue management scheme to be introduced next month.
Victoria Police is putting its chain of responsibility investigation practices under the microscope.
The trucking industry has been warned about meeting its obligations when it comes to oversized loads after a truck shut down a motorway off-ramp earlier this week.
Mr Bowering, who is paid $24 an per hour to drive trucks for Blue Star Global in South Australia, said he and other drivers were being forced to take safety risks that could result in death. Other motorists were particularly vulnerable.
A B-DOUBLE truck driver whose trailer was hit in a double fatality at Woodburn while he was under the influence of the drug ice in August 2014 has been disqualified from driving for 18 months.
The Environment Protection Authority has fined a Maitland trucking firm and Lake Macquarie Fibreglass Company over the unsafe transport of dangerous goods.
Weekly CoR implementation tip
Does your organisation have a Hazard Observation Procedure?
The Hazard Observation Procedure (also known as a Safety Observation Procedure or HSE Observation Procedure) sets out the requirements and processes to enable employees to identify and report hazards in the workplace in an effective and systematic manner. The Hazard Observation Procedure is a behaviour-based safety procedure that supports the Risk Management Procedure.
The Hazard Observation Procedure specifies that employees must be provided with the:
- skills and knowledge of the types of hazards and how to identify them;
- skills and knowledge of appropriate immediate corrective actions within their area of responsibility;
- tools to easily report the hazard (for example, a Hazard Observation Form).
Does your Hazard Observation Procedure include the following stages:
- the purpose and scope of the procedure;
- the relationship between hazard observations and the Risk Management Framework;
- a detailed explanation of the common types of hazards in the workplace and how to identify them;
- a detailed explanation of immediate corrective actions within an employee’s area of responsibility;
- the steps to conduct a hazard observation (including a Safety Conversation);
- the process and tool to report the hazard;
- responsibilities for corrective actions after a hazard observation is reported;
- key records and reporting outputs for hazard observations;
- Requirements for regular monitoring, review and audit of hazard observations.
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