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Chain of Responsibility Part 2

Drivers and Transport Managers obviously have a key role as gatekeepers in driving safe working practices within the industry but are they the true source of the issue, after all who do these drivers really work for? They work for us.  Are the really dangerous people not behind the wheel but managing the supply chain? Are the managers and decision makers like you and I enabling this culture whilst deceiving ourselves that we are safety conscious managers?

Too often we look at our supply chain in terms of customer service and cost. We look at the huge 3PL opportunities available to us. We look at our career and our bonus plans. We talk declining cost environments and then we look at third parties and the opportunities they present. The focus on cost and customer service is entirely appropriate but we cannot leave our responsibilities to others.  The evidence on the ground suggests that many are still unconsciously outsourcing the safety piece with a “We trust you to do the right thing” mind set.

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Chain of Responsibility Part 1

You cannot continue to ignore your Chain of Responsibility obligations

Chain of Responsibility (CoR) is an often used and quoted term, the concept is nothing new within our industry and the foundation legislation is certainly not new, with various states and territories having specific CoR legislation and regulations going back almost 10 years. The problem can be the application of our understanding of the term and the impact this can have on our people and the wider community.

Many businesses are more than aware of the changes in the all-encompassing 2011 Work Health & Safety Act but many, including some of the biggest players in our industry, are ball watching. While there are significant role models in the market, the evidence is that significant portions of the business’s which utilise logistical services are not doing the right thing.

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