On the 1st of October changes to the Chain of Responsibility for the transportation of goods on our roads became law. All members of the supply chain are now responsible for improving the safety and productivity of road transport operations.
What does this mean for Geelong Galvanizing and our customers?
It means that we all need to have safety management systems; business procedures, training and controls in place to effectively eliminate or minimise identified hazards. Many aspects of your Workplace Health & Safety systems can be adapted as part of your CoR management, however, there are two important aspects to understand. Under CoR you have greater responsibility for the conduct of other people within your supply chain. CoR is not site based, employee or contractor based, you can be responsible for other parties within your supply chain.
What are the 6 Biggest Changes for CoR?
Each key party in the supply chain has a primary duty of care to ensure that everything reasonable is being done to guarantee safety in transport and reduce the risk of harm and loss.
To ensure transport tasks are undertaken with public safety as a priority operators, managers, transport schedulers, consignees, loading managers, loaders and packers are all obligated to ensure compliance. This includes ensuring:
- Drivers are not fatigued
- Loads are packed & secured correctly and do not exceed weight & dimension limits
- Vehicles are properly maintained for safe road use
- Loading & unloading of vehicles is undertaken efficiently & safely
- Documents relating to the load are correct
- Contingencies are in place for unexpected issues, i.e. road delays
Penalties are increasing
Every member of the supply chain is responsible for safety breaches to the CoR rules and may be held liable. Penalties are increasing for breaches, to align with those under Workplace Health & Safety laws. In our industry, we transport a broad range of large-scale components, small items and unusually shaped items. For guidance on how to secure a mix of loads, refer the 2018 Loads Restraint Guide, PDF extract page 23 (labelled page 66), it provides examples of mixed loads.
We are all now responsible for how our loads are managed and transported to ensure the safety of our people and of the general public.