New program helps primary producers to better understand Chain of Responsibility

Jan 08, 2019

The Chain of Responsibility framework, including recent changes, will be explained in easy-to-understand terms at a series of free workshops across South Australia, starting later this month.

Heavy vehicle training specialists Natwide Personnel have been engaged in rolling out the Chain of Responsibility … Made Easy workshops, designed specifically for primary producers. The workshops are possible through the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative program.

Many primary producers might not be aware that CoR laws were amended in October 2018 to align more closely with workplace health and safety provisions. This means that all parties in the chain must reduce risks related to the safety of transport tasks.

The workshops are relevant to a range of primary production practices, including horticulture, livestock loading, viticulture, broadacre crop production, general receival of goods and hay carting.

GPSA Regional Field Officer Shane Gale said workshops are aimed at members of Primary Producers SA, and GPSA is seeking involvement from primary producers across the full range of commodities in the state.

“All parties in the transport chain, including primary producers, must reduce risks related to the safety of transport tasks,” he said.

“Although the laws have changed, they still only apply to activities a person or business has responsibility for and could influence. In other words, no one will be liable for breaches they cannot control.

“Chain of Responsibility compliance is all about protecting yourself, the people you work with and your business. It’s not supposed to be difficult, but it is important.

Mr Gale said the workshops will provide primary producers with awareness of CoR, their obligations and requirements of the law.

“Free opportunities like these do not come along often. We encourage all PPSA commodity members to take advantage of the free training and support on offer which will help them to better understand their responsibilities under CoR and implement measures to reduce risk to their business,” he said.

“This is a great benefit to GPSA and PPSA members.”

Primary producers who attend the workshops will receive the tools to develop their own CoR plan, with access to Natwide’s online resource portal for 12 months as well as phone and email support. This is valued at $1500 and will provide primary producers with appropriate templates, checklists, policies and procedures to simplify CoR compliance.

There are 20 workshops to be held between January and May with the first to be held at Loxton, Kingston-on-Murray, Tanunda and Mount Barker this month. Click here for the full list or to register.


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