Stricter laws drive GPS purchases


New work health and safety legislation has caused a boom in business for GPS tracking company Navman Wireless

Stricter laws drive GPS purchases
Stricter laws drive GPS purchases

By Sean Muir | September 21, 2012

While
new work health and safety legislation has been a thorn in the side of some transport operators, the change has caused a boom in business for GPS tracking company Navman Wireless.

Navman Wireless National Sales Manager Michael Carter says while he can’t give an exact
figure, business has increased substantially since
the Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011 was implemented in New
South Wales, Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, and the Northern Territory on January 1, 2012.

"Customers have come to us and said we need to manage our work health and safety responsibility," he says.

"Certainly it has helped with our growth, we are the market leader and we continue to grow very fast."

According to Carter,
the legislative changes broaden responsibility for safety within supply chains, and require stricter reporting.

"So the changes are, firstly, who is responsible in the organisation?" he says.

"What they have done is very clearly broadened that in the legislation, they use the term PCBU, persons conducting a business or undertaking.

"They have broadened the legislation to include job schedulers, operations managers, and that sort of thing – they are directly responsible.

"The second thing is they change the way they look at it – what they are saying now is you must
take reasonable steps and you must show due diligence. You have got to actually show that you have assessed the risk."

Carter says Navman products
help operators manage the legislative changes, which he says are
also expected to come online in Victoria, Tasmania, and South Australia.

"You look at logistics – you can talk about the legislation and what is happening down in NSW, for example, where they are actually charging transport operators regularly for fatigue and speed limiting tampering issues," he says.

"Obviously our technology is a great opportunity not only to manage your responsibility under the legislation but also to deliver operational efficiencies, and accountability in your business."

"There are four questions organisation have to ask themselves under the legislation – where is my employee and is he or she ok, what is the driver behaviour like and how do I best manage it, what maintenance program do I have in place and how do I make sure it is done in timely manner, and what fatigue management programs have we got in place to manage employees fatigue?

"Our technology helps with all four of them. We can identify your vehicle at anytime, anywhere in Australia, and we can deliver a whole range of driver behaviour and reporting outcomes.

"For the fatigue management we have a certified solution that helps manage fatigue in the workplace and demonstrates the reasonable steps in due diligence which are about assessing the risks and implementing a process in the business."

"This program does it all for you – it warns the driver for you, saying, 'mate, you have driven for too long you need to pull over'."

Carter will speak on the legislative changes at the upcoming Australian Construction and Equipment Expo Queensland (ACE QLD), which will be opened by the Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney on October 4 at the RNA Showgrounds in Brisbane.

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