Fa­tigue train­ing cour­ses evolve

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IN A MOVE to en­sure fa­tigue train­ing is ad­min­is­tered ef­fec­tively and ad­hered to by trans­port oper­a­tors, the Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor (NHVR) has worked with the Aus­tralian In­dus­try and Skills Com­mit­tee (AISC) to de­velop a new train­ing pack­age.

The new train­ing units will be of­fered by reg­is­tered train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions (RTO) who reg­is­ter with the Reg­u­la­tor, a move 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,” he 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.”

Casey says this will 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.

“It will sup­port trans­port ef­fi­ciency, 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. “This is just one in­dus­try fac­ing challenges as tech­nol­ogy and con­sumer ex­pec­ta­tions ad­vance – and one ex­am­ple of in­dus­try meeting these challenges by be­ing adap­tive and work­ing to reskill work­ers to keep up.”

The NHVR will ac­cept reg­is­tra­tions from RTO’s from Jan­uary 1, 2018.

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