WA Covid Response Group puts focus on driver safety


Body covers all aspects of the supply chain and all transport modes

WA Covid Response Group puts focus on driver safety
Nicole Lockwood

 

Western Australia’s transport and logistics industry is aiming to help lead the state through the coronavirus Covid-19 crisis through its WA Supply Chain Covid Response Group (SCCRG).

Led by the Freight and Logistics Council of WA (FLCWA), the response group covers all aspects of the supply chain including shipping, road, rail, air and workforce to ensure the safety of workers in the freight network and secure the supply of essential goods communities across that state.

The group also provides a single source of information to the state government and its departments and agencies seeking information or planning solutions for emerging problems supply chain problems.

Both Western Roads Federation (WRF) and the NT Road Transport Association (NTRTA) form part of the WA SCCRG, which is chaired by Nicole Lockwood, who also chairs the FLCWA and heads her own consultancy.

The FLCWA says the group covers all aspects of the supply chain – including shipping, road, rail, air and workforce – "to ensure the safety of workers in the freight network and secure the supply of essential goods to communities across WA".


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It also provides a single source of information to the Government and its departments and agencies seeking information or planning solutions for emerging problems in the freight sector.

"I’d like to thank the wider industry and its generous members for working with us," Lockwood says.

"These are unprecedented times and it’s critical we’re all working together to ensure we can protect the workforce and keep freight moving."

"We’re here to help any freight company who requires assistance in dealing with operational impacts due to Covid-19 and encourage them to get in contact with us."

PPE availability for T&L

As part of the group, WRF director Matt Bronickis has been identifying and sourcing, critical personal protective equipment (PPE) for the transport and logistics industry.

"Our transport and logistics personnel are the most vital asset we have in the industry, the health and well-being is our highest priority," Bronickis says.

To date it has secured:

  • high quality and powerful anti-viral hand sanitiser
  • spray packs and disinfectant for cabs and work areas
  • thermometers and gloves.

The WRF says it has finalised the first purchase of N95 Face Masks for the vulnerable sectors of the WA transport industry.

"The supplies acquired by the WA Supply Chain COVID Response Group will not impact the continuing supply of essential PPE and sanister to the Health Sector including medical staff and hospital," it says.

The PPE is available for sale through Western Roads Federation, contact info@westernroads.com.au for details.

 

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