ALC safety summit delegates seek cultural shift

Safety and compliance regimes within supply chains have gaps that need attention

ALC safety summit delegates seek cultural shift
Ingilby Dickson puts the onus for action on all businesses


Delegates to an Australian Logistics Council’s (ALC) summit will push ahead with a bolstering of supply chain safety and compliance efforts.

While Chain of Responsibility (COR) issues were central to early debate, ALC Safety Committee chairman Ingilby Dickson noted that delegates sought to deepen their response.

"The summit demonstrated industry’s determination to do more to achieve greater levels of safety and compliance in our supply chains," Dickson says.

"The summit is an important step in bringing about a cultural shift within businesses on the critical safety issues facing the logistics industry.

"More than 250 industry representatives from all parts of the supply chain, including transporters, customers and suppliers attended the Summit to benchmark, share best practice, and to identify gaps where improvements are needed. 

"As an industry, we should be pleased with the work we have done to tackle the issue of heavy vehicle safety and compliance, through for example the development of the ALC National Logistics Safety Code of Practice (NLSC)

"However, we must continue to identify and address gaps, which was the primary focus of the Summit.  

"Just as Chain of Responsibility affects the entire supply chain, all businesses have a responsibility to take ownership of issues requiring attention."

Dickson says the summit identified a number of key themes that ALC would focus on over the next 12 months: 

  • strengthening and streamlining the ALC codes
  • increasing awareness of Chain of Responsibility across the supply chain  
  • sharing safety and compliance information among industry partners to create a stronger, safer and more compliant supply chain.
  • more efficient use of technology, such as telematics, to assist logistics companies meet their Chain of Responsibility requirements.

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