NHVR’s early COR sur­vey re­sults re­lease

In­di­ca­tions are progress made na­tion­ally but more needs to be done

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PROGRESS ON CHAIN of re­spon­si­bil­ity ( COR) has been made na­tion­ally but more needs to be done, early in­di­ca­tions from a Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor- driven sur­vey on the ini­tia­tive high­light.

The pre­lim­i­nary re­sults show a re­view of busi­ness sys­tems will boost heavy ve­hi­cle safety and pro­duc­tiv­ity, the NHVR says.

Ac­cord­ing to compliance ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Tony Kur­sius, the sur­vey of 800 trans­port and lo­gis­tics sup­ply chain busi­nesses shows there were still im­prove­ments to be made in im­ple­ment­ing and man­ag­ing COR.

“The ini­tial find­ing of the sur­vey showed four out of five com­pa­nies be­lieved they had all or some sys­tems in place to pro­vide ad­e­quate COR train­ing for man­agers,” Kur­sius says.

“We will now con­tinue to work with these com­pa­nies and those who don’t have any sys­tems in place to im­prove their safety per­for­mance.

“The sur­vey was aimed at both the heavy ve­hi­cle in­dus­try and the sup­ply chain through­out Aus­tralia to gather in­for­ma­tion that can be de­liv­ered to sup­port busi­ness that im­pact safety across the heavy ve­hi­cle in­dus­try.”

While the full re­port, to be de­liv­ered by part­ners Mac­quarie Univer­sity, is due out next year, the ini­tial re­sults sup­ported the early re­lease of a suite of in­for­ma­tion in­clud­ing fact sheets and pod­casts, the na­tional reg­u­la­tor notes.

Kur­sius says 90 per cent of par­tic­i­pants con­sid­ered ev­ery­one in the sup­ply chain re­spon­si­ble for safety in trans­port op­er­a­tions.

“In 70 per cent of busi­nesses, re­fus­ing un­safe work is en­cour­aged by man­age­ment and staff – we would like to see this num­ber much higher,” he adds.

“Busi­ness sys­tems and pro­cesses to im­prove COR aware­ness and safety should be para­mount – poor safety will lead to pro­duc­tiv­ity losses.”

The re­sults will help the NHVR de­sign ed­u­ca­tion pack­ages to en­sure “a greater aware­ness of COR safety across the heavy ve­hi­cle sup­ply chain”, it says.

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