Safety, Compliance and Risk

 

Safety, Compliance and Risk

The container transport logistics industry chain has unique challenges in meeting it’s safety, compliance and risk obligations. Within the chain, businesses are required to respond to multiple regulatory and legislative challenges, including environmental protection, Customs, Quarantine, Road Law (including Chain of Responsibility (CoR) obligations), Port Authority requirements, local council/shire by-laws, as well as workplace health & safety. While the rate of workplace fatalities and injuries in the sector is improving, transport remains one of the most dangerous industries in Australia. For instance, road transport fatalities are ten times higher than the “all-industries” average in Australia, and the median time lost from work due to non-fatal injuries has increased over the last decade. This is due to the severity of the injuries, such as fractures and cuts, crush injuries, and muscular skeletal strains & sprains (Safe Work Australia, 2013). In relation to Road Law, enforcement authorities are increasingly stringent on driver fatigue, mass management, load restraint, and vehicle maintenance standards. Heavy penalties apply, not only for drivers and transport operators, but for all other stakeholders in the Chain of Responsibility.   Without significant due diligence, the cost of non compliance can cripple a business, and can place business owners and managers at risk of prosecution. CTAA is committed to providing a range of tools and expert advice directly, and through our Alliance Partners, to support the container transport industry and individual businesses to meet their safety compliance obligations.

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