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Grain harvest heavy vehicle safety check-up appeal

Part of call sees national regulator release 9 Step SMS Roadmap


The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has urged everyone involved in this year’s grain harvest to have a heavy vehicle safety management check-up ahead of what is expected to be a bumper season.

As part of the call, the NHVR released a 9 Step SMS [safety management system] Roadmap to assist businesses to develop and improve their heavy vehicle safety systems.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the 9 Step SMS Roadmap focuses on targeted content to mitigate key safety risks – it can be tailored for companies that are just starting out, improving on existing systems or seeking continuous improvement.

The steps include:

  • introduction to SMS
  • risk assessment, treatment and monitoring
  • hazard & incident reporting
  • management, commitment and documentation
  • internal safety investigations
  • safety training and communication
  • safety performance monitoring
  • third party interactions
  • continuous improvement and change management.

“An SMS can be as simple as undertaking a daily visual inspection of your heavy vehicle, not putting pressure on drivers to exceed the speed limits or drive fatigued and loading within your mass limits,” Petroccitto said.

“The Roadmap provides simple templates, quick guides and toolbox talks that can be tailored to suit business needs regardless of the size of your operation.

“We want to ensure companies have the tools to put in place safety procedures and to engage in important safety conversations with staff and other parties in the chain.

“It’s all set out in an easy-to-read format and we’ll be working with groups right across the industry to help implement systems and support their safety needs.”

How the We Need Space campaign targeted agricultural vehicles, here

Staff from the NHVR and other agencies will be out talking to grain producers and grain receivers in Queensland and NSW during August and September to discuss heavy vehicle safety during grain harvest season.

“The prospect of good yields in many grain growing regions of Australia means more heavy vehicle traffic on country roads and that means safety becomes paramount,” Road Safety and Freight Transport Assistant Minister Scott Buchholz said.

“Whether you own your own truck or you’re in the process of arranging a contractor, take some time to make sure you’ve thought about the risks and put steps in place to make your operation safe.

“Now is the time to make sure your truck is properly checked before use or have safe access for a contractor onto your property, know your mass limits and have the proper permits in place.”

More information on heavy vehicle safety ahead of the 2021 grain harvest can be found here

More information on the NHVR’s 9 Step SMS Roadmap is available here.


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