Is your fleet compliant with current health & safety legislation?



Recent changes to the Health and Safety Act mean business vehicles are now defined as being part of the workplace. So, if your company has a mobile workforce, then it’s vital to stay up-to-date on the latest legislation changes that could affect the way your business operates.

At SurePlan, we understand that keeping up with these changes can be time-consuming, so we’re here to keep you updated and help you remain compliant. 

 

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Key changes to the Health & Safety Act 


Key changes to the Health and Safety Act include the following:

  • A vehicle is now defined as a workplace
  • The Health and Safety at Work Act brings an increase of duties for everyone. This includes PCBU (Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking) and can involve penalties between $300k - $3 million, along with a criminal record.
  • Fleet Operators are responsible for the safety of vehicles and any workers who use them. They need to identify hazards and have appropriate measures in place to reduce or eliminate these hazards in order to provide a safe working environment. We look at this process below.

The new legislation is tougher on PCBUs (Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking) in three key areas:

  1. There’s now a greater requirement for proactively identifying and minimising risks and hazards
  2. Costs are no longer an equal consideration when assessing what is reasonably practicable when reducing risks
  3. PCBUs must ensure that health and safety systems are properly understood and applied correctly

How to manage health & safety compliance 


When considering your fleet health and safety compliance, there are key steps to take.

1. Identify possible hazards. Consider:

  • Untrained drivers
  • Speeding
  • Driving off road
  • Drivers with incorrect vehicle licenses
  • Vehicle fit-for-purpose
  • ANCAP safety ratings
  • Distance travelled 

 

2. Assess your exposure:

Now that you have identified the risks and hazards your fleet may face, it’s time to assess your fleet's level of exposure, and put together a plan to ensure you have the correct systems and resources in place. What risks do your drivers face on a daily basis? Do you have a vehicle safety policy? Are you comfortable that your drivers are complying with your current controls?


3. Implement suitable controls that eliminate or minimise risk

So you've identified your hazards, assessed the level of risk to your drivers and developed a comprehensive strategy ready to roll out to your business. Now it's time to implement your detailed plans and procedures- driver engagement is key. Some great examples include:

  • Safe driving pledges
  • Incident reporting
  • Communication of safety messages
  • License checks
  • Driver training
  • Driver risk assessments 
  • Monitoring infringements


4.
Review and monitor the effectiveness of your controls

Health and Safety is not a ‘tick the box’ exercise, it must be reviewed and monitored constantly to ensure best practices are being followed and updated where necessary. 

 

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