As an expert in Australian supply chain, I am here to help you.
CoR in Australia, also known more formally as Chain of Responsibility is driven by the HVNL, also known as the Heavy Vehicle National Law. The HVNL is the backbone of all the hype and sensation around CoR, but don’t be fooled, your role in Transport Safety is critical for everyone, especially you.
CoR compliant, as such is not a phrase we use often at MAEZ, its meaning we believe is a full stop to continual improvement. Chain of Responsibility demands innovation and continual improvement as a result. Your future in supply chain depends on your ability to ensure that any possible risk is removed from causing danger or harm to anyone else, whether they work for your business or not. That is now your prime duty within the chain, legislated by law, in effect to ensure your CoR compliance.
How you do this is the same as Work Place Health and Safety Law, its up to you. But, don’t fall into the trap of simply making up your own rules, test and assure that the processes you implement and manage work. If they are not deemed sufficient by someone else, which may be the regulator or the Police, that is when you can get into serious trouble and the CoR legislation can be used against you and/or your business.
Many people believe that because the truck does not belong to them or that they do not directly employ the driver driving a truck with their goods on board, that they are not liable. People also think that because they simply ‘don’t know’ or ‘didn’t know’, it removes them from being a guilty party. That is absolutely false and worse, it probably makes your position even worse in the eyes of the courts, especially if your role in the chain could have prevented an incident taking place.
Even worse though, another piece of legislation called the Executive Liability Provision makes it possible to prosecute certain individuals in a business for putting at risk someone else in the chain, or innocent bystanders, which may possibly be the public. Within the CoR legislation, you do not have to have a breach anymore to be prosecuted, so it is vital that you ensure your CoR compliance today.
Whether it be Chain of Responsibility safety systems, training, management or advice, it is important you seek out someone who can help you find any feasible risk, especially if you are not sure how to look or what to look for.
The easiest way and most cost-effective way to reach a thorough understanding of your CoR risk is to conduct a business audit and desktop audits of your providers. When it comes to the HVNL it requires you to ensure due diligence with your vendors, so understanding how strong their CoR strength is vital in your business.