— in­dus­try ex­perts of­fer their opin­ions*

NatRoad is strength­en­ing its ca­pac­ity in the area of trans­port in­dus­try safety with a new ap­point­ment to its mem­ber ser­vices team. War­ren Clark writes

Owner Driver - - Owner/Driver - WAR­REN CLARK, NatRoad’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, has more than 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence lead­ing and de­vel­op­ing busi­ness for emerg­ing com­pa­nies. War­ren has held the po­si­tion of CEO at var­i­ous com­pa­nies and is a cer­ti­fied char­tered ac­coun­tant.

THE NUM­BER of road users los­ing their lives in crashes in­volv­ing heavy ve­hi­cles has de­clined around 34 per cent since 2002.

How­ever, the road trans­port in­dus­try fa­tal­ity rate is still greater com­pared to other in­dus­tries na­tion­ally, and 92 per cent of road trans­port fa­tal­i­ties have oc­curred in road freight trans­port.

We can­not be com­pla­cent about the health and safety risks that still ex­ist in the road trans­port in­dus­try.

NatRoad is com­mit­ted to help­ing heavy ve­hi­cle op­er­a­tors man­age health and safety in their busi­ness. To strengthen our ca­pac­ity in this area, NatRoad has ap­pointed Ju­lia Collins to its mem­ber ser­vices team.

Ju­lia has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in work health and safety pol­icy devel­op­ment, reg­u­la­tion and com­pli­ance.

She held se­nior po­si­tions at Safe Work Aus­tralia and played a key role in the har­mon­i­sa­tion of Aus­tralia’s Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws, in­clud­ing the devel­op­ment of nu­mer­ous na­tional codes of prac­tice.

With re­cent changes to the Heavy Ve­hi­cle Na­tional Law (HVNL) align­ing more closely with WHS laws, Ju­lia has the ideal ex­per­tise to pro­vide NatRoad mem­bers with ad­vice on how to man­age risks un­der both pieces of leg­is­la­tion.

“The new chain of re­spon­si­bil­ity laws re­quire risks to be man­aged in the same way as WHS laws do,’’ Ju­lia says.

“Par­ties in the chain must work to­gether to proac­tively iden­tify and con­trol the risks re­lated to their trans­port ac­tiv­i­ties.

“While the HVNL safety du­ties are fo­cused on the use of a heavy ve­hi­cle on a road, the WHS laws re­quire all haz­ards and risks aris­ing from your busi­ness to be elim­i­nated or min­imised, so far as is rea­son­ably prac­ti­ca­ble. The du­ties un­der the pri­mary WHS law ap­ply in ad­di­tion to the HVNL.’’

Ju­lia is de­vel­op­ing prac­ti­cal guid­ance for NatRoad mem­bers on chain of re­spon­si­bil­ity and a stepby-step process on how to man­age safety which will in­clude tools and check­lists de­signed for small busi­nesses and owner op­er­a­tors.

“Dis­cussing safety with oth­ers in­volved in your sup­ply chain is es­sen­tial. Never as­sume that some­one else in the chain of re­spon­si­bil­ity is tak­ing care of a safety is­sue,” Ju­lia says.

“Check and con­firm at the start of each jour­ney what oth­ers are do­ing and en­sure con­tracts and agree­ments clearly spec­ify who is re­spon­si­ble for what.

“This will make the con­trol of risks more likely and as­sist each party to com­ply with their duty.”

Ju­lia be­lieves that ul­ti­mately the HVNL should be com­pletely in­te­grated with the WHS laws so that heavy ve­hi­cle safety is man­aged holis­ti­cally as part of a safe sys­tem of work.

This could also sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the reg­u­la­tory bur­den on heavy ve­hi­cle op­er­a­tors.

NatRoad will con­tinue its strong fo­cus on im­prov­ing safety in the heavy ve­hi­cle in­dus­try, in­clud­ing: • Sup­port­ing cam­paigns rais­ing aware­ness amongst other road users to share the road safely • En­gag­ing with owner-driv­ers to de­ter­mine their views about the fac­tors that ad­versely im­pact on their health and safety at work • En­gag­ing with gov­ern­ment to iden­tify safety is­sues, in­clud­ing bet­ter and more com­pre­hen­sive data about the pro­file of fa­tal­i­ties and se­ri­ous in­juries.

“Par­ties in the chain must work to­gether”

WAR­REN CLARK

Ju­lia Collins

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