Fa­tigue train­ing cour­ses afoot

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THE NA­TIONAL HEAVY VE­HI­CLE

REG­U­LA­TOR (NHVR) has worked with the Aus­tralian In­dus­try and Skills Com­mit­tee ( AISC) to de­velop a new train­ing pack­age. The aim is to en­sure fa­tigue train­ing is ad­min­is­tered ef­fec­tively and ad­hered to by trans­port op­er­a­tors.

The new train­ing units will be of­fered by reg­is­tered train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions ( RTOs) that reg­is­ter with the reg­u­la­tor, a move that NHVR ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor pro­duc­tiv­ity and safety Ge­off Casey says will im­prove the in­tegrity of fa­tigue train­ing.

“Be­fore the RTO could of­fer the train­ing without NHVR con­sent, now they have to reg­is­ter with us,” Casey says.

“They’ll re­port to us reg­u­larly and we have that abil­ity to audit. This is in line with best prac­tice as part of a con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment pro­gram.”

It aims to en­sure that re­cip­i­ents of train­ing will best demon­strate ap­pli­ca­ble knowl­edge as a re­sult of im­proved trans­parency.

“This new train­ing pack­age will en­sure the Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor and heavy ve­hi­cle in­dus­try have greater cer­tainty that per­son­nel can demon­strate the knowl­edge and skills to work safely,” Casey says. “It will sup­port trans­port effi ciency while im­prov­ing road safety.”

The new train­ing units were de­vel­oped in con­sul­ta­tion with in­dus­try and will be used to up­skill not just driv­ers, but also sched­ulers, su­per­vi­sors, man­agers and busi­ness own­ers in manag­ing fa­tigue and ad­min­is­ter­ing fa­tigue man­age­ment pro­cesses.

“Through a series of fo­rums hosted with the heavy ve­hi­cle in­dus­try, we gained a range of views from those in the heavy ve­hi­cle in­dus­try to un­der­stand why non- com­pli­ance ex­ists,” Casey says.

“The new train­ing units ad­dress the is­sues raised and should help in­dus­try to man­age driver fa­tigue on a daily ba­sis.”

AISC chair John Pol­laers says the changes demon­strate how in­dus­try in­volve­ment in train­ing pack­age devel­op­ment can lead to qual­ity out­comes for em­ploy­ers, em­ploy­ees and stu­dents.

The NHVR will ac­cept regis­tra­tions from RTOs from Jan­uary 1.

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