Note: This information is intended to provide general guidance only and does not constitute legal advice. We encourage you to obtain independent advice about your legal obligations.

This regulatory advice provides guidance on identifying and managing the safety risks associated with insufficiently or inadequately trained workers in the heavy vehicle industry.

Who is this advice for?

This regulatory advice is intended for: parties in the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) and their executives.

What are the safety risks?

Undertrained workers pose a serious safety risk to themselves, their colleagues and the general public. They can also present a danger to infrastructure and the environment.

Heavy vehicle crashes and other safety incidents due to inadequate training can also result in significant reputational damage to your business.

Having a heavy vehicle driver’s licence is not always proof of a driver’s ability. Even if highly skilled and experienced, the driver may need additional training to ensure they can drive safely and efficiently within a particular industry sector or new work environment.

Why is it important to manage safety risks?

Ensuring new and existing workers are appropriately skilled at their jobs is a critical way to ensure the safety of your heavy vehicle transport activities. It’s also a requirement under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) (section 26C).

Workers in the heavy vehicle industry need to perform their work safely and understand the risks and hazards associated with their job and workplace. Effective management of training within the heavy vehicle industry will ultimately result in a safer community and a safer and more productive workforce.

Taking proactive steps to manage safety risks and meet your legal obligations also helps protect your business from possible regulatory action.

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