Preparing for COR
NatRoad has released a new handbook to keep its members in the loop over updated chain of responsibility laws that will come into effect from mid-2018. Warren Clark writes
SAFETY IN the transport industry is a hot topic. With strengthened chain of responsibility (COR) laws due to come into play from June next year, many NatRoad members have already begun laying the groundwork to ensure their business is equipped for the change.
Getting COR right should be a priority for every transport operator. According to the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics, the fatal crash rate involving articulated trucks has steadily declined over the past three years. However, a declining fatal crash rate is not enough.
Until the number of fatal accidents involving trucks in Australia is zero, there is always more that we can do as an industry.
That’s why it’s critical that the industry gets behind the toughening of COR laws.
The new COR laws will mean all parties in the chain will be responsible for proactively managing the risks associated with their transport activities.
With fines of up to $3 million for businesses, it will become more important than ever for parties in the chain to actively manage risks – as opposed to simply reacting to a breach.
Although many of our members are already preparing for changes, for the average business owner the laws can be complex and somewhat daunting. That’s why NatRoad is doing whatever we can to help the industry prepare for these changes.
It’s our assessment that the industry needs to be provided with tools that are both easy to understand and apply.
To bring this commitment to life, we have released a handbook and a set of practical tools to help guide businesses with the everyday application of COR laws.
Our in-house industry policy adviser, Julia Collins, launched the new user-friendly COR toolkit at the 2017 NatRoad Conference in early September this year.
We are conscious that most of our members are small business operators so we aimed to keep the handbook simple and support it with a number of additional checklists and tools.
It explains how to develop a basic safety management system and how to work with other parties in the chain of responsibility.
The handbook gives businesses a headstart in applying the changes to their business.
While the electronic copy is available on the NatRoad website for members, printed copies of the handbook can be ordered by contacting NatRoad.
The book includes tear- out checklists and guides that can be kept in the truck or provided to other parties in the chain.
Taking a modern, user-friendly approach to communication, we plan to support the handbook by hosting a series of webinars. From understanding your contractual arrangements and proactive risk management, to understanding your potential liabilities under the new laws, the webinars are an easy way to hear first-hand what the changes mean for your business and how to get prepared.
More information on the handbook, toolkit and webinar series will be made available on the NatRoad website at www.natroad.com.au
“The laws can be complex and somewhat daunting”