The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has issued a strong warning to the whole industry that fatigue management breaches are putting all road users at risk and that schedules, training and systems should be reviewed now to ensure compliance before harm to workers or others.

 Following identification of a series of breaches related to fatigue management at two unnamed businesses the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has taken the unusual step of issuing a warning to the industry.

 NHVR noted “multiple work diary, work hours and fatigue issues” were identified.

 The focus of the announcement and the improvement notices issues, was to implement systemic change to prevent further breaches, including formal training of schedulers and drivers, weekly and fortnightly auditing of information, diaries and system outputs, revised scheduling and journey plans.

 Most importantly the NHVR advises that the business must be ready to respond to lack of compliance of the relevant staff or systems.

Learnings for all businesses

 “All heavy vehicle operators are on notice to review their systems now, even if they have not had an incident to ensure that they are supporting and encouraging best practice operations” outlines ACAPMAs Elisha Radwanowski.

 “Fuel carriers are the pilots of the road.  Held to the highest standard of compliance, as they should be, the high consequence nature of our load is a complicating factor.  Breaks are necessary to ensure the safe operation of a fuel tanker, but as a fuel tanker those breaks cannot be taken just anywhere, so for fuel operators route planning and active adjustment to ensure safe operation and safe break areas and timing is vital” added Elisha.

Here to Help

 Safety Highlights are things to consider, implement and watch out for in your business.  They are provided as general information for you to consider and do not constitute advice.  You should seek further advice on your situation by contacting your legal advisor.  ACAPMA members can access resources and receive advice, guidance and support from the ACAPMA employment professionals via employment@acapma.com.au  , it is free for members.  ACAPMA Membership delivers this and more benefits, see; https://acapma.com.au/membership/   for more information.

Elisha Radwanowski BCom(HRM&IR)
ACAPMA

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