TruckSafe is continuing to develop best-practice policies and procedures to ensure all of it’s accredited members will satisfy Chain of Responsibility obligations when the new laws are introduced on October 1.
The new laws introduce:
- a strong general safety duty, including on trucking industry customers
- the extension of chain of responsibility to cover vehicle maintenance and repairs
- due diligence obligations on company directors and executives to ensure chain parties comply with their primary safety duty
- maximum penalty increases for the most serious cases to bring them in line with other national safety laws and
- the removal of red tape and unnecessary legislative requirements.
Industry customers and supply chains are increasingly looking to TruckSafe operators to ensure they meet their CoR obligations, with the knowledge that the accreditation meets all HVNL requirements.
TruckSafe will also be one of the first accreditation schemes to comply with the new Master Industry Code of Practice.
TruckSafe accreditation enables you to verify to customers that you are reducing their risks through safe work practices, safe and well maintained trucks, healthy drivers and sound management systems.
Please check back regularly for information relating to the rollout of the updated TruckSafe standards including the additional TruckSafe Animal Welfare module.
Update – 13 September 2018
Currently and as of October 1 …….. TruckSafe Standards already provide a strong ‘so far as is reasonably practical’ CoR defence for members. We have spent a significant amount of time comparing our existing standards with the CoR amendments and we can provide you with a short presentation, recently developed and delivered by our Vice Chair – Karlie Easter, that explains this in more depth.
Master Code Release Date …….. TruckSafe will release new standards (which we are currently working on in anticipation of this date), that will align more closely with the Master Code. So at the end of the day, complying with our TruckSafe Standards will mean you will automatically comply with the Master Code and the CoR updates, providing your business with a strong so far as is reasonably practicable defence.
Remember that one of the biggest advantages for being a member of TruckSafe is that our members are externally audited by a third party. Member audits can be used as evidence demonstrating compliance with the TruckSafe Standards which, in turn, provides a strong defence with respect to CoR (within the Heavy Vehicle National Law) and the Master Code in the future!
Update – 01 November 2018
TruckSafe Chair Ferdie Kroon shares an update on the TruckSafe standards re-write, which is expected to be ready around March/April 2019.
The new standards are parallel with the master code, and will provide members with handy resources such as a gap-analysis tool.
Update – 04 December 2018
Australia’s leading safety accreditation scheme, TruckSafe, is preparing the trucking industry for the introduction of the new Master Industry Code of Practice.
Aimed at improving the professionalism and safety of trucking operators nationwide, TruckSafe will release a practical gap-analysis tool to ensure accredited members meet their duties under the recent changes to Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) chain of responsibility obligations and newly released master code.
“TruckSafe is safeguarding members and updating our standards to reflect the recent changes,” TruckSafe Chair Ferdie Kroon said today.
“We need to make sure the trucking industry is ready. The new standards raise the bar of chain of responsibility compliance and the gap-analysis tool will help ensure existing and new members are covered.
“The tool has been specially developed to help our members transition their policies and procedures from the current to the new standards,” he said.
The newly released master code outlines clear guidelines for operators to meet their responsibilities under the HVNL and the revised TruckSafe standards will be consistent with this.
“The gap-analysis tool will be sent to members in January 2019, ensuring members have plenty of time to make the necessary changes before the new standards are introduced in April at the ATA’s annual Trucking Australia conference,” Mr Kroon said.
We will also roll out additional supportive tools in 2019 to make the transition as easy and hassle-free as possible.
Update – 15 January 2019
TruckSafe is safeguarding members and updating standards to reflect the recent changes to truck safety laws.
Aimed at improving the professionalism and safety of trucking operators nationwide, TruckSafe will soon release a practical gap-analysis tool to ensure accredited members meet their obligations.
The tool has been specially developed to help members transition their policies and procedures from the current to the new standards.
The gap-analysis tool will be sent to members in the coming weeks, ensuring members have plenty of time to make the necessary changes before the new standards are introduced in April at the ATA’s annual Trucking Australia conference.
Update – 31 January 2019
Firstly we thank our members for their patience while waiting for the release of the TruckSafe Gap Analysis Tool. A copy of the TruckSafe Gap Analysis Tool is now available in the resource section of the members area for our member’s use.
This tool has been specifically created to help our members make the jump from the current TruckSafe standards to the new TruckSafe standards, which are due for release at the ATA’s Trucking Australia event being held in Perth on 3 to 5 April 2019. By successfully completing this document our members will be able to demonstrate as far as reasonably practicable their system is compliant to the new TruckSafe standards, and as such the new Master Code and the HVNL.
While the document is comprehensive, we have aimed to make it as simple as possible to understand within the constraints of the Master Code and HVNL. This tool along with supporting documentation has begun being added to the resources section in the members area of the TruckSafe website, including a guide on how to conduct a risk assessment, and sample risk assessment guides for each of the 4 areas of the Master Code and HVNL. We will continue to add more documentation in the coming weeks and months.
We strongly urge our members to work on the gap analysis tool often, when they have some free time – doing it in small chunks will make the job of completing the analysis that much easier.
We also encourage our members to email us with your feedback and comments so we can build an even better version to help make the job of moving to the new TruckSafe standards even easier and as painless as possible.
TruckSafe is about to enter a new era of accreditation and we want to bring our members along for the ride, making sure it brings all of the benefits to those that are truly committed to safety – our TruckSafe members!
Want to know more? Contact us today.
Update – 12 March 2019
Join TruckSafe at #TruckingAustralia2019 as we take a deep-dive into the our new standards.
We’ve developed new standards to bring TruckSafe into line with the strengthened duties in the Heavy Vehicle National Law and the master code of industry practice.
At Trucking Australia, you’ll join TruckSafe directors, auditors and customers to discover:
– how the new standards will deliver master code and CoR compliance
– how to upgrade your systems to the new standards, with real life tips and tricks, and
– what our auditors will be looking for when they do audits.
Plus! You can have your say in a range of collaborative sessions that will pick the brains of professional drivers and work with delegates to design the perfect rest area, and better fatigue and road access systems.
This is your chance to join the nation’s trucking operators and industry stakeholders as we tackle the big issues – together.
View the program and register now at www.truckingaustralia.com.au
Update – 25 March 2019
An update of the TruckSafe Gap Analysis Tool has been released today for our members.
This version contains many enhancements over the original one:
– Migration to Word format for ease of use
– ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ columns replaced with a single ‘Completed’ column which can be dated and signed as you complete each standard
– Hyperlinks to helpful sources of information have been added
– Various numbering issues corrected (Many thanks to K & S Freighters)
– Standard A.7.8 Internal Review, Monitoring and Reasonable Enquiry – Schedule has been added
– Standard A.10.2 Implement strategies to help remove the stigma of reporting has been added
– Standard A.11.4 has been removed as it is covered by standard A.11.3
– Standard E.2 Communicating Fatigue Risk Management has been added
– Places to add your own notes has been added
– Executive Summary page has been added for those who would like to build a report/snapshot for company/Department heads.
The following resources have also been added to the TruckSafe members area:
– Role Descriptions & CoR Obligations
– Sample CoR Policy
– Sample Driver Empowerment Policy
– Sample Non-conformance & Corrective Action Report
– Sample Roles & Responsibilities Policy
– Sample Safety Policy
– Sample TruckSafe Annual Roadworthy Inspection Sheet
Please note that other than those in bold, no other changes to the standards content itself has occurred. The analysis that you have started using the previous version can be continued using this version.
Members have been sent the updated version. A copy can also be downloaded from the members area of the website.