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Chain of Responsibility patterns emerging

December 1, 2016

A survey of 800 transport and logistics supply chain businesses conducted by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has shown there were still improvements to be made in implementing and managing Chain of Responsibility (CoR).

And while that might not be news to many readers, the survey identified that a review of business systems would boost heavy vehicle safety and productivity, even though the survey found that four out of five companies believed they had all or some systems in place to provide adequate CoR training for managers, according to NHVR Compliance Executive Director Tony Kursius.

“Business systems and processes to improve CoR awareness and safety should be paramount – poor safety will lead to productivity losses. We will now continue to work with these companies and those who don’t have any systems in place to improve their safety performance,” said Mr Kursius.

“The survey was aimed at both the heavy vehicle industry and the supply chain throughout Australia to gather information that can be delivered to support business that impact safety across the heavy vehicle industry.”

Initial results

While the full report, to be delivered by NHVR partners Macquarie University, is due out in 2017, the initial results supported the early release of fact sheets and podcasts by the regulator to assist businesses in the interim.

So far, survey results have shown that:

  • 90 per cent of participants considered everyone in the supply chain responsible for safety in transport operations;
  • 70 per cent of businesses encourage their management and staff to refuse to conduct unsafe business (a figure the NHVR believes is too low).

The NHVR says the survey results will assist it to design education packages to ensure a greater awareness of CoR safety across the heavy vehicle supply chain.

Example of answers, so far …

Of a small number of results published so far by the NHVR, the table below is, indeed, interesting.

The question posed to respondents was:

“To what extent do you agree with the following statements about CoR?”

Question Strongly agree Agree Neither Disagree Strongly disagree Total
CoR ensures people are accountable for their decisions 46% 34% 11% 7% 3% 728
CoR leads to more responsible decision-making 40% 35% 15% 8% 3% 723
CoR is too difficult to implement properly 13% 21% 21% 30% 15% 725
CoR is the primary responsibility of the transport company 12% 17% 18% 26% 27% 725

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