The aim of chain of responsibility (COR) is to make sure everyone in the supply chain shares responsibility for ensuring breaches of the HVNL do not occur. Under COR laws, if you are named as a party in the chain of responsibility and you exercise (or have the capability of exercising) control or influence over any transport task, you have a responsibility to ensure the HVNL is complied with.
Every party in the heavy vehicle transport supply chain has a duty to ensure the safety of their transport activities. In practical terms, this primary duty represents an obligation to eliminate or minimise potential harm or loss (risk) by doing all that is reasonably practicable to ensure safety. As a party in the supply chain, the best way to do this is to have Safety Management Systems (SMS) and controls in place, such as business practices, training, procedures and review processes that:
Safety management is managing business activities and applying framework, policies and procedures to help prevent accidents, injuries and minimise risk.
A safety management system (SMS) is a documented systematic approach to managing safety, including organisational structures, accountabilities, policies and procedures. It should aim to manage safety risks and ensure the safety of a business’s transport activities, so far as is reasonably practicable.
When implemented into your business, an SMS will help you to continuously improve the safety of your operations and assist in meeting your responsibilities under the HVNL.
No SMS is identical, as no business is identical, but they all will have a similar framework and cover the same four major components:
JMH Training & Compliance can develop and implement a Safety Management System specific to your organisation to ensure compliance with the HVNL and Work Health & Safety Act and train key personnel to be competent in maintaining that system.
Do you have a Safety Management System already in place? JMH can conduct a gap audit to identify where your organisation deficiencies lie and provide guidance and support to cover those gaps to ensure compliance.
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