Preparing for fatigue training changes
Operators seeking accreditation under the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) after July 1 will have to receive their fatigue training from an approved Registered Training Organisation (RTO) under new regulation changes.
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator says the new units of competence for fatigue will come into effect next month, though its fatigue specialist Andreas Blahous says any recognised fatigue management course completed before July 1 will still be accepted.
“This means nominated drivers and schedulers who are currently operating under a BFM or AFM accreditation do not need to complete the new units,” he says.
The new units are TLIF0005 – Apply a fatigue risk management system (replacing unit TLIF2010); TLIF0006 – Administer a fatigue risk management system (replacing unit TLIF3063) and TLIF0007 – Manage a fatigue risk management system (optional). They were developed jointly by the NHVR and representatives of Australian Industry Standards and the heavy vehicle industry in 2017, designed to bring the courses up to date with industry obligations under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.
Currently 11 RTOs are approved to deliver and assess the new fatigue management courses – and the regulator says any RTO wishing to have their training courses accepted for NHVAS accreditation purposes should apply for NHVR approval now.