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NHVR registers new waste and recycling safety code

The new safety code implements effective measures to keep heavy vehicle operators in the waste and recycling industry safe

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has registered a new industry code of practice for the waste and recycling sector to drive better safety outcomes for businesses.

The code was sponsored by the Waste and Recycling Industry Association of Queensland and has been produced to support the industry in complying with the primary duty.

NHVR chief of safety and productivity David Hourigan says the Waste and Recycling Code (WRC) identifies hazards in the industry and recommends effective and practical control measures that parties in the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) can implement to eliminate risk.

“Waste and recycling transport is an intrinsically hazardous operational environment, and to ensure all operations are safe, these hazards must be understood and controlled,” Hourigan says.

“We have collated feedback directly from a broad range of industry experts to ensure the WRC is comprehensive, up to date and can be utilised as a practical guide for anyone who uses or supplies waste and recycling transport services.”

The WRC also addresses well-known hazards such as spaces being shared by pedestrians and heavy vehicles, as well as emerging risks such as the presence of lithium batteries in household waste.

An appendix within the WRC also provides detailed guidance about the safe restraint of certain types of waste bins.

Hourigan says the WRC makes clear that CoR applies to all off-road parties in the supply chain, including businesses and local councils that work with waste transporters, that manage waste disposal sites, or that produce, collect, process, or dispose of waste and recycling materials.

“By combining industry knowledge and experience in proposing measures to reduce risk that can be implemented at each stage of the transport journey – from collecting and sorting, to transit and unloading – we can help make the waste and recycling transport task safer, benefiting not only those in the supply chain, but all other road users and communities,” Hourigan says.

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