Fatigue Management Policy
At Harmon Transportation, safety is a priority. Fatigue management is an essential part of this in any circumstance, and particularly in the transportation and logistics industry. As per the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 and the Occupational Safety and Health Regulation 1996, Harmon Transportation works with its employees to work together to achieve a SAFER road transport industry. Management, employees and contractors have a shared commitment to implement effective fatigue management systems and practices.
Harmon Transportation at all times will show due diligence taking every precaution reasonable in the circumstances to protect the safety and health of their workers (employees and contractors), customers and the general public. Documentation is a key component to ensure due diligence, relative to commercial vehicle driver operations and activities.
Harmon Transportation has a Driver Fatigue Management Plan (DFMP) in order to meet its duty of care under The Code of Practice for Fatigue Management for Commercial Vehicle Drivers (‘the Code’) by the Work Safe division of the Department of Consumer and Employment Protection).
Harmon Transportation adheres to the operating standards for work and rest as established within the Code. Activities include:
- Adhering to the minimum continuous no work time requirements;
- Adhering to the maximum continuous work time requirements;
- Rostering commercial vehicle drivers to maximise the opportunity for them to recover from the effects of onset or fatigue, so far as practicable in accordance with OSH regulations, and taking into consideration associated risk factors;
- Ensuring adequate breaks between and during shifts. Harmon Transportation uses geo-tracking technology to remind its team members to take breaks and provides alerts to management when adequate breaks have not been taken.
- Ensure so far as is practicable, that drivers are ready for duty and they are in a fit state for work when presenting for duty;
- Promoting driver health, fitness and wellbeing;
- Educating drivers on and ensuring ergonomic design standards of a vehicle cabin are met, alongside the adequate provision of breaks;
- Ensuring drivers have well designed training. Including induction, refresher and further training;
- Maintaining accurate and timely documentation and record keeping. This includes but is not limited to records of all regular and irregular trips, commercial vehicle drivers’ schedules and rosters;
- Implementing and managing an effective incident reporting system to increase the chance of a complete, competent and caring response to selected events and collecting sufficient information to target unsafe practices and prevent future injuries and damage;
- Reviewing the driver fatigue management plan and encouraging feedback from drivers;
- Maintaining open lines of communication between management and commercial vehicle drivers;
- Pro-active continuous improvement approach to safety management, embedded in our company policies and procedures, and brought to life in our organisational culture; and
- Informing clients of these requirements end enlisting their cooperation.
In no circumstance will Harmon Transportation not wholly abide by best practice fatigue management.