AFCA is leading the development of an industry and national Forestry Log Haulage Registered Code of Practice (FLHRCoP).
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has developed new framework which encourages industry to work with them to develop a voluntary registered Code of Practice (RCoP) that is appropriate for the industries circumstances. The NHVR released an introduction and guidelines in January 2017 to support those who wish undertake the development of a RCoP. To view the guidelines or see further information visit the NHVR website at https://www.nhvr.gov.au/safety-accreditation-compliance/industry-codes-of-practice
The forest industry has a responsibility to ensure the supply chain, particularly log haulage is conducted in a safe and efficient manner under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL). The project aims to identify how everyone can address their Chain of Responsibility obligations. Given the importance of safety to our industry and the risk associated with log transportation it is important for industry to consider and agree on national best practice approach for log haulage and provide guidance on the steps. The overall objective being to improve and support safety outcomes and drive best practice in log haulage.
It is expected that the Log Haulage RCoP will identify and assess the risks along the supply chain for log haulage and establish standards and procedures to mitigate risks with respect to the HVNL. The Log Haulage RCoP will specifically cover the haulage of logs and specifically consider risks relating to loading, log restraint, rollover prevention and unloading and safe driving practices.
What will the LHRCoP Do?
• Support industry to demonstrate compliance with the new legislation
• Create a system that can be third party and internally audited
• Improve safety of log haulage
• Address and manage forest industry specific risks
• Provide for an industry wide standard with consistent elements
• Opportunity to create “best practice standards”
• Clarify responsibilities along the supply chain
• Provide a legal defense if something goes wrong
What will it cover and how will it be delivered?
It will address aspects specifically relating to the haulage of logs including, loading, restraint, dispatch, transportation and unloading. This means that it will also consider all those within the supply chain that have a role to play including, landowners/forest managers, harvesters, hauliers, processors and port operators.
Broadly the project will include a literature review to capture the good work that has already been done in this space followed by a thorough Risk Assessment by an independent expert and it will involve representatives and consultation with participants from all of the supply chain.
A formal governance structure is proposed which allows all of industry to guide and provide input into the project - to view click below.