The National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP)’s collaborative Heavy Vehicle Tool Box Talk (HVTBT) project will receive key funding through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government. The NRSPP is hosted by Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC).

HVTBT project will create 20 heavy vehicle evidence-based Tool Box Talks (TBT) which will provide the transport industry with an easy mechanism to regularly engage workers to promote discussion on key risks and strengthen safety culture. The TBT development will be guided by a diversity of industry leaders including Australian Trucking Association, BINGO Industries, Holcim, Toll Group, Viva Energy and Viva Energy.

The first category of TBT covers driver-oriented issues, such as sensory overload, fitness-for-duty, work shifts and mental health, while the second one groups topics like journey management, maintenance and coupling with vehicles.

This project is one of 28 successful heavy vehicle safety initiatives to receive funding from $5.2 million in Round 6 of the HVSI.

Viva Energy, Logistics Business Manager Felix Ohle said the HVSI funding would enable NRSPP to deliver the HVTBT, and improve heavy vehicle safety for drivers, operators and those in their supply chain.

“What is so powerful with these TBT is how they will include a narrative based around a Before-During-After approach to help enrich its engagement with workers. The packages include a step by step guide to assist team leaders/manager to lead the TBT discussion, a topic fact sheet, a participant self-assessment sheet, a poster and a video, among others.

“The TBT videos features the risk and drivers who explain what they face, why it matters and how to mitigate it.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the HVSI program supported key initiatives that deliver tangible safety improvements for the heavy vehicle industry and all road users.

“The grants enable the NHVR, local governments, industry and other stakeholders to develop innovative solutions to achieve a shared goal of safer drivers, safer vehicles and safer road use for all Australians.

“I look forward to working with NRSPP to deliver HVTBT and improve road safety for everyone.”

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