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Peak grains representative body GrainGrowers has partnered with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to host free workshops in Condamine (QLD) to help farmers better understand their role under Chain of Responsibility (COR) laws.

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said the practical workshops— designed specifically for farmers—would help ensure produce was transported from paddock to plate in the safest possible way.

“Farmers are an essential part of the supply chain, so it’s important they understand their responsibilities to ensure they’re operating safely, and in compliance with COR laws,” said Assistant Minister Buchholz.

“As we head into the harvest season, it’s a timely opportunity for farmers to check their safety procedures and mitigate any risks associated with their transport task.”

“I’d encourage all primary producers to sign up to the free workshops in September.”

GrainGrowers General Manager of Policy & Advocacy Zachary Whale said, “Primary producers have legal obligations under the Chain of Responsibility if they own or operate a heavy vehicle, or if they contract transport services to another operator.”

“Everyone who has influence over a transport activity has a role to play.”

“Whether you pack, load, consign, move, receive, or unload goods transported on Australia’s roads, these laws apply to you. Our workshops have been designed to ensure everyone working on the farm can access practical information.”

With the supply chain and logistics industry accounting for 26%* of national worker fatalities, reducing the risks related to transport safety is critical.

“To comply with the law, you will need to know the risks of your transport activities and have business practices in place to control them,” said Mr Whale.

The COR workshops have been funded by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government, and will be held in towns across QLD, VIC & NSW.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative had so far allocated $22.8m through 89 separate grants over the past five years.

“The NHVR’s number one priority is the safety of everyone in the heavy vehicle supply chain,” Mr Petroccitto said.

“Projects like the COR workshops for farmers help improve safety for the entire industry - whether that’s at the farm, in the warehouse or on the road.”

Places are limited and registration essential for catering purposes, so individuals are encouraged to secure their spot here.

COR workshop:
Condamine (QLD)
1 September 2021
2.00PM – 5:00PM

Media Representative:
Mr Whale – Shona Gawel 0479 052 734
Mr Buchholz – Scott O’Connell 0413 424 384
Mr Petroccitto – Claire Rosenberg 0403 808 462

Link to images: here
*Source: SafeWork Australia



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