Chain of Responsibility is a concept that
Outlines the legal obligations and responsibilities of all parties involved in the transport supply chain
This is to ensure safe operation of heavy vehicles, particularly in terms of accountability in driver fatigue management, speed, overloading and load restraints.
In 2014, the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) was introduced in Australia as a single set of laws for heavy vehicles on the principle that ‘anyone who has influence over transport activity is responsible for safety on the road’.
The legislation particularly targets those owner/operators who seek to gain unfair competitive advantage by breaking the law, and imposes accountabilities on all parties who have responsibility for the parts of the supply chain where actions, inaction or demands can or will increase risk.
What do you need to do to ensure you are meeting your responsibilities in the supply chain?
To make sure that you are contributing to a safe working environment and are meeting your responsibilities and obligations to the heavy vehicle supply chain, you need to:
- Find out what your role is in the Chain of Responsibility and make sure that you know what your responsibilities are. (Keep in mind that you may hold more than one role in the supply chain). If you don’t know what your role is, or your legal responsibilities, ask your supervisor or manager immediately, as you may be held legally accountable if something goes wrong and you haven’t discharged your duty appropriately.
- Undertake Chain of Responsibility Training. If you or your team/company require training to better understand the Chain of Responsibility roles, obligations and responsibilities, contact Jodie Hamilton on 0427 860 226 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for your FREE no obligation chat to ensure your business needs are met.
- If you identify a gap in the chain of responsibility, address it immediately. Depending on your role in the supply chain, you may need to prepare and implement a management plan – or provide feedback into its development – to ensure appropriate controls and systems are improved and maintained.
- Implement changes, in consultation with your team and/or manager or supervisor. If you need to implement changes in your processes to help mee chain of responsibility obligations, make sure you do this through the appropriate channels for your business.
- Communicate with your team and customers. Any changes to the chain of responsibility that may impact on your scheduling, or your customer’s service expectations need to be communicated to your team, third parties and your customers, and advised of what the changes may mean for them.
- Set a review cycle. Embrace a culture of continuous improvement, and ensure all members of your team or business regularly review their roles and responsibilities in the supply chain. This will ensure that you can minimise the risks around future potential breaches of NHVL and mitigate any actions or inactions that may cause a person to contravene the law before they become a problem.