Forestry Log Haulage Registered Code of Practice
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.
A project outline has been developed - to view click below.
How can I be involved?
AFCA has now filled the 2 positions available on the Project Steering Committee and is pleased to have James Asher from Queensland and Barry Fennell from the Green Triangle representing forestry contractors businesses. There are still 2 positions on the Project Working Group currently being filled. The Working Group will assist in the risk assessment work and help shape the Log Haulage RCoP development.
There will also be a range of other opportunities to become involved and provide feedback into the project in addition to the 4 positions available mentioned above. If you would like to register for project updates - please register your details at this link
How is it being funded?
The Australian Forest Products Association membership has agreed to provide funding for 50% of the project and the Forest and Wood Products Association will provide additional funding to support the project. The AFCA Board has agreed to provide $50,000 in kind support in order for the General Manager to project manage the project given the importance of this project to our members.
Ernst & Young Appointed to assist in background project work
At the Australian Forest Products Association meeting in September 17 it was supported to appoint Ernst & Young (EY) to undertake a Review Report and Risk Assessment that will inform the development of the Log Haulage RCoP. This was the recommendation of the Project Steering Committee following an Expression of Interest Process.
The Review Report will review and assess policies, existing codes of practice, and documented practices and procedures relating to the transportation of logs within the forest industry. The purpose of the review is to capture and summarise the current information that exists, identify inconsistencies and gaps to inform the preparation of the Log Haulage RCoP.
The Risk Assessment for Log Haulage will be developed in the context of the National Heavy Vehicle Law. The Risk Assessment is requirement of the NHVR's Guidelines and is to be developed in accordance with AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009 Risk Management — Principles and Guidelines.
In addition, as part of the process, there will opportunities for all of industry to provide input and feedback to inform the Risk Assessment which will provide the basis for the Log Haulage RCoP.
Progress & Get Involved Now
Ernst and Young are currently conducting initial one on one interviews with stakeholders across the supply chain. In addition, they have also undertaken three ‘Day in the Life’ site visits where they have met with forest industry stakeholders, viewed the log haulage process first hand and joined truck drivers on their journey’s. The objectives of the site visits are to build their understanding of the industry so that the code of practice uses terminology and language that is understood by the industry, and is reflective of the wide variety of operating environments and activities. It is also an opportunity for them to see first-hand the risks and hazards associated with log haulage, and the different approaches used by industry to manage risk.
As part of EY’s work they will be hosting a series of workshops to enable industry participation and contribution. Details listed below.
Workshop 1: Research & Discovery (Telepresence)
Date: Monday 30th October
Location: EY Offices in Melbourne, Sydney, ACT and Brisbane
EY will present the preliminary findings outlining
· The current legislative and policy environment (national and state)
· Gaps and inconsistencies between in the policy environment
· Risks associated with the various stages of the log haulage supply chain.
The findings will be based on discovery interviews, site visits and desktop research. The workshop is an opportunity for industry to provide additional input into the findings. To ensure maximum opportunity for people to contribute, we will be hosting the workshops using Telepresence/Videoconferencing facilities in EY offices based around Australia.
EY Melbourne – 8 Exhibition St, Melbourne
EY Sydney – Level 35, 200 George St Sydney
EY Canberra – Level 11, 121 Marcus Clarke St, Canberra
EY Brisbane – Level 51, 111 Eagle St, Brisbane City
EY Perth – 11 Mounts Bay Road, Perth
Workshop 2: Risk Assessment (QLD and Melbourne)
Date: Wednesday 22nd November
Time: 1pm – 5pm
Location: TBC in QLD
Date: Thursday 30th November
Time: 1pm – 5pm
Location: EY Melbourne - 8 Exhibition St, Melbourne
In developing a Code of Practice (CoP) we are required to identify the risk types associated with log haulage, assess the risks, and provide suggestions for management of risks. In these workshops we will present the risks that have been identified and workshop together the assessment of risks and suggested controls. Outputs of the two workshops will be combined and incorporated into the final risk register to be submitted as part of the code of practice development. The outputs of the workshop and risk register will inform the CoP development and provide recommendations regarding factors to consider in the development of the CoP.
I hope that you will consider getting involved in these initiatives and sharing your views and experiences to help shape the future of log haulage safety in Australia.
You can register your interest by clicking here or email email@example.com (please nominate workshop and venue when emailing).