Sunday 19th Nov, 2017

Supply chain summit in Sydney a success

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A TWO-day meeting of supply chain doyens ended in success this week with the Australian Logistics Council identifying several priority areas that will form the basis of its efforts to improve supply chain safety over the year ahead.

ALC managing director Michael Kilgariff said more than 280 people from all links of the supply chain attended the Supply Chain Safety & Compliance Summit.

“These two days were an invaluable opportunity for industry representatives to recommit to continuous improvement, learn more about effective safety practices, and consider how to apply these techniques in their own day-to-day operations,” he said.

“A core focus of the Summit was the coming changes to chain of responsibility (CoR) obligations under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and the development of a Registered Industry Code of Practice (Master Code) to assist CoR compliance, both of which are anticipated to commence in mid-2018.”

The Summit incorporated interactive workshops that were designed to give people working in the supply chain practical advice on meeting their chain of responsibility obligations.

“Through a series of consultative workshops, attendees also had the opportunity to directly shape the content of the Master Code for heavy vehicle safety, currently being developed by ALC in partnership with the Australian Trucking Association,” Mr Kilgariff said.

As a result of the discussions at the Summit, ALC identified several key themes that will form the foundation of the Council’s safety-related work program for the year ahead.

One of these themes is that continuous improvement in safety is a core aspect of freight’s social licence, and safety is a shared responsibility.

Also, there is scope to make greater use of technology in safety, and training is vital to build safety compliance.

Additionally, ALC identified that the relatively low cost of entry into the industry poses safety risks, with new entrants often putting inadequate investment into safety and CoR compliance.

And, ALC also found that heavy vehicles are still overrepresented in accident and fatality statistics, and messages about load restraint and overloading are still not penetrating the whole of the industry.

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