Industry engagement drives safety message in new NHVR video

Transport, distribution and retail firms talk about assessing risk and implementing safety management systems

Industry engagement drives safety message in new NHVR video
The video includes feedback from senior logistics and safety staff from Metcash, Woolworths, Branstrans and Martins Transport.


A new safety video by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) offers first-hand accounts of four companies about their safety management systems.

The video, titled Industry Approaches to Safety Management Systems, uses feedback from senior logistics and safety staff from Metcash, Woolworths, Branstrans and Martins Transport on the changes made in their systems ahead of the upcoming chain of responsibility (COR) reforms.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says the information on safety practices offered through this industry engagemant initiative can benefit all heavy vehicle supply chain businesses.

"Accessing this kind of information from a range of operators is important for everyone across the heavy vehicle supply chain," Petroccitto says.

"The feedback shows how different companies are assessing risk, encouraging a safety culture and implementing their safety management systems.

"Under the new COR laws each business needs to develop tailored solutions that match their business circumstances."

The video follows a safety workshop hosted by hosted by Metcash, Coles, Woolworths and Bluescope, where the national regulator and the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) commended the efforts made by distribution and retail companies in improving heavy vehicle safety before the new laws come into effect mid-next year.

Metcash chief logistics officer Linda Venables outlined the company’s safety management systems in the video.

"In wanting to take our Chain of Responsibility to the next level I felt it was important to engage the people who actually do the roles," Venables says.

"The approach was to map all of the controls in COR and for each site to document where the control was and how they managed it… so there was some sharing of best practice across our sites."

Petroccitto says the video supported recent moves by operators of some of Australia’s major distribution centres to work towards a common safety standard.

"Last week, I was pleased to join Metcash, Coles, Woolworths and Bluescope and major transport operators to discuss how together they can lead the creation of a more consistent safety standard and operating practice," he says.

"There was good open discussion about what heavy vehicle drivers and operators should expect from their interaction with a major distribution centre.

"Likewise we discussed what DCs can expect from heavy vehicle drivers and operators.

"A good day for heavy vehicle drivers and distribution centre operators starts with being a safe day."

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