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UpdatesOct 04, 2013

Chain of responsibility – what you can do

As discussed in Wednesday’s Health & Safety Bulletin, the chain of responsibility plays an important role in ensuring that all parties in the road transport supply chain:

are aware of their obligations under road transport legislation; and
understand how their actions can affect road transport worker safety.

And today we will look at the actual chain of responsibility and the obligations laid out for each party in the road transport industry.

By Joanna Weekes

As discussed in Wednesday’s Health & Safety Bulletin, the chain of responsibility plays an important role in ensuring that all parties in the road transport supply chain:

And today we will look at the actual chain of responsibility and the obligations laid out for each party in the road transport industry.

Chain of responsibility

Below you will find an outline of the obligations that each party in the road transport supply chain has:

MANAGER:

The person who operates or manages the business that is dispatching the goods must ensure that:

EMPLOYER:

A person who engages someone to drive a heavy vehicle must take all reasonable steps to ensure that their business practices do not cause the driver to drive:

SCHEDULER:

The person who schedules the transportation must ensure that the schedule allows the driver to:

LOADING MANAGER:

The person who loads goods into a vehicle must ensure that the vehicle’s load:

PACKER:

The person who packs goods into a vehicle must:
document the loads and make sure that the documentation is accurate; and
ensure any goods packed in freight containers are within the container’s gross weight or safety approval rating.

DISPATCHER:

The person who dispatches goods for delivery must ensure that the delivery will not require the driver to:

DRIVER:

A driver of a heavy vehicle must:

RECEIVER:

What you can do:

Of course, each of the obligations listed above in the chain of command can be drilled down and discussed at length in terms of the methods you might use to achieve these goals. When considering health and safety legislation there are a number of ways you can reduce the risk and comply with your obligations.

For example, to reduce the risk of shift work (a common occurrence for road transport workers since services are in demand after hours and up to 24 hours a day), of which there are

Remember, if you subscribe to the Health & Safety Handbook, you can refer to the recently released chapter R2 Road Transport Worker Safety for more information about obligations towards road transport workers and what you can do to reduce the health and safety risks for your workers.

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