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Survey reveals industry commitment to safety

September 28, 2020

A survey of nearly 4000 businesses conducted by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has revealed that two-thirds of heavy vehicle businesses have a safety system in their operation.

NHVR Chief Executive Officer Sal Petroccitto said the results of the 2020 NHVR Industry Safety Survey have demonstrated the ongoing commitment from the majority of industry to keep pursuing improved safety outcomes.

“We know industry has increasingly adopted and invested in improved safety practices over the last 10 years and the significant take up of Safety Management Systems continues to support better safety results,” Mr Petroccitto said.

“Importantly, safety systems focus on a whole-of-business approach to safety including the important pre-trip check, which ensures vehicles are safe to operate on the road and that drivers are fit for duty before getting behind the wheel.

“The 2020 NHVR Industry Safety Survey provides a baseline result of the current safety environment that we can collectively monitor to understand trends and changes across safety practices.

“This information is critical as a Regulator to ensure we are providing the relevant and effective information and guidance industry needs to keep doing their job safely.

“The survey results, coupled with the recent results from the Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport Research Economics showing a reduction in truck fatalities by close to 18 per cent compared to the last financial year, is pleasing to see.

“Although this survey was conducted prior to the onset of the pandemic, we’re also speaking to operators about incorporating the latest health information into their safety systems.”

Out of the survey of 3,972 respondents, some of the key findings the NHVR reported were:

  • 62 per cent of respondents had a basic safety system in place;
  • 78 per cent of managers said they had an ongoing program of safety-promotion communication in their business, compared to 52 per cent of drivers and 71 per cent of loaders; and
  • 76 per cent of respondents agreed that relevant safety training was occurring on an ongoing basis.

A snapshot of the survey results and link to register for a free information webinar on the results can be found here.

The NHVR has also provided free Safety Management System information which can be accessed here.