Heavy Vehicles:How to forge strong links in your chain of responsibility

Heavy Vehicles:How to forge strong links in your chain of responsibility

11 May 2017, 1:40 PM - 2:20 PM

Safety & Risk Solutions Theatre

English (Australia)

Amendments before the Queensland Parliament will enact the next phase in national Chain of Responsibility Reforms and Heavy Vehicle regulation.

The amendments, which will be rolled out nationally, place a positive duty on all chain of responsibility parties to ensure "so far as reasonably practicable" the safety of their transport activities and extend positive due diligence obligations to executive officers.

The changes provide an opportunity to assess the risks in your business and develop strategies that will work best for you. However, the changes can seem daunting. The changes also highlight a broader issue of accessorial liability for workplace law breaches which has recently been on the rise.

This presentation will look at practical ways that businesses can go about meeting their safety obligations and avoid the pitfalls of accessorial liability.

This will include discussion on:

  • reviewing and mapping out the responsibilities of all parties in your supply chain;
  • checking commercial arrangements to ensure appropriate compliance and assurance terms are in place;
  • reviewing your workplace WHS policies and procedures including fatigue management plans; and
  • training staff and officers in their chain of responsibility obligations.

Businesses face prosecution and large fines if they do not have practices and procedures in place to ensure the safe operation of their transport activities. Further, as all parties in the supply chain must comply there are likely to be strong commercial imperatives to be able to evidence a robust due diligence system that ensures compliance in an auditable way. 

It therefore pays for businesses to focus on overall safety prevention and facilitate a "compliance culture" within their organisations.

Shae McCartney, Partner Workplace Relations, Employment & Safety Group, Clayton Utz


  • Shae McCartney


    Partner Workplace Relations, Employment & Safety Group

    Clayton Utz

    Shae McCartney advises large corporations on a range of industrial and employment issues, workplace health and safety, and legal compliance. Her...

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