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RETURNING HOME SAFELY HEAVY VEHICLE DRIVER FATIGUE THE HEAVY VEHICLE DRIVER FATIGUE REFORM Tips on Managing Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue PRESENTATION DESIGNED.

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1 RETURNING HOME SAFELY HEAVY VEHICLE DRIVER FATIGUE THE HEAVY VEHICLE DRIVER FATIGUE REFORM Tips on Managing Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue PRESENTATION DESIGNED FOR HEAVY VEHICLE DRIVERS

2 Contents Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue –Reform overview –Chain of Responsibility –General duty –Reasonable steps –Work and rest options –Work diary and record keeping –Training and accreditation –Further information 74% of drivers think fatigue is a serious problem in the road freight industry

3 Introduction Who do the new laws apply to? –Rigid trucks over 12 tonnes GVM –Combinations over 12 tonnes GVM –Buses with over 12 seats (inc. driver) The laws do not apply to: –Plant equipment –Motor homes

4 Whats changing? Standard Hours –Basic work and rest limits Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) –More flexible work hours linked to accreditation Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) –Create your own fatigue management system and work hours linked to accreditation

5 Whats changing? Chain of Responsibility provisions –A general duty on all parties in the supply chain to manage fatigue (consistent with OH&S laws) –Risk categorisation of offences, revised sanctions and enforcement powers Strengthened record keeping requirements –A new driver work diary to replace the current log book

6 Work Vs. Rest Work time is the time a driver spends driving a truck (on or off the road) and any other time a driver spends doing tasks related to the operation of the vehicle e.g. –Fueling and cleaning –Inspecting and servicing –Attending to the load –Loading and unloading –Waiting in a Queue* etc Rest time is time that is not work time * Can be rest if you dont have any work tasks THIS IS WORK TIME

7 Work and rest options Stationary rest is the time a driver spends out of the truck or in an approved sleeper berth of a truck not moving. Night rest is 7 continuous hours stationary rest time between 10pm-8am or a 24 continuous hours stationary rest break.

8 Standard Hours – Solo Drivers SOLO DRIVERS TimeWorkRest In any period of…A driver must not work for more than a MAXIMUM of… And must have the rest of that period off work with at least a MINIMUM rest break of… 5 ½ hours5 ¼ hours work time15 continuous minutes rest time 8 hours7 ½ hours work time30 minutes rest time in blocks of 15 continuous minutes 11 hours10 hours work time60 minutes rest time in blocks of 15 continuous minutes 24 hours12 hours work time7 continuous hours stationary rest time 7 days72 hours work time24 continuous hours stationary rest time 14 days144 hours work time2 x night rest breaks and 2 x night rest breaks taken on consecutive days

9 Basic Fatigue Management More flexible hours Ability to work 14 hour shifts Greater say in work and rest hours NHVAS BFM accreditation

10 Basic Fatigue Management – Solo Drivers TimeWorkRest In any period of…A driver must not work for more than a MAXIMUM of… And must have the rest of that period off work with at least a MINIMUM rest break of… 6 ¼ hours6 hours work time15 continuous rest time 9 hours8 ½ hours work time30 minutes rest time in blocks of 15 continuous minutes 12 hours11 hours work time60 minutes rest time in blocks of 15 continuous minutes 24 hours14 hours work time7 continuous hours stationary rest time 7 days36 hours long/night work time 14 days144 hours work time24 continuous hours stationary rest time taken after no more than 84 hours work time and 24 continuous hours stationary rest time and 2 x night rest breaks and 2 x night rest breaks taken on consecutive days

11 Long and Night hours A driver must not exceed 36 night and long hours Long hour –is any hour worked above 12 hours in a 24 hour period and is counted in 15 minute periods. Night hour –is any hour worked between midnight and 6am and is counted in 15 minute periods.

12 DayHours worked in one shift Hours worked in one shift (showing night and long hours) Accumulated night and long hours worked in any 24 hours Total accumulated night and long hours worked in a 7 day period Night Hours Long Hours 1135166 214628 31351620 41351626 51351632 61331436 7Day/Night Off36 The table summarises a 7 day work period for a driver –Night and long hours worked on various days count toward the 36 hour limit in any 7 days –For simplicity, it is assumed the driver has not worked in the 7 days before

13 Night hours and long hours worked each day are accumulated (highlighted) –On day 1 the driver worked a total of 13 hours (including 5 night hours and 1 long hour) –The 5 night hours and 1 long hour are added together to total the long/night hours DayHours worked in one shift Hours worked in one shift (showing night and long hours) Accumulated night and long hours worked in any 24 hours Total accumulated night and long hours worked in a 7 day period Night Hours Long Hours 1135166 214628 31351620 41351626 51351632 61331436 7Day/Night Off36

14 DayHours worked in one shift Hours worked in one shift (showing night and long hours) Accumulated night and long hours worked in any 24 hours Total accumulated night and long hours worked in a 7 day period Night Hours Long Hours 11351 66 21462+ 814 31351+ 620 41351+ 626 51351+ 632 61331+ 436 7 Day/Night Off + 0 = 36 how a driver can reach 36 hours very quickly when working nights and long days over a 7 day period (days 1 to 7) The driver reaches 36 hours in only 6 days so the total is still 36 hours in 7 days

15 DayHours worked in one shift Hours worked in one shift (showing night and long hours) Accumulated night and long hours worked in any 24 hours Total accumulated night and long hours worked in a 7 day period Night Hours Long Hours 8 Day/Night Off 030 91351 + 628 101462 + 830 111462 + 832 121351 + 632 13 Day/Night Off + 028 14 Day/Night Off + 0 = 28 The following 7 day period (days 8 to 14) show that even though the driver has taken 3 x 24 hour rest breaks the total accumulated hours is still 28 –In this example, the driver could have worked another 8 night and/or long hours as long as fatigue was managed

16 What is a General Duty? EVERYONE in the supply chain has a general duty to manage driver fatigue –Drivers must not work while fatigued –Everyone else in the supply chain must make sure drivers do not work while fatigued

17 Chain of Responsibility Drivers are currently carrying the can for the failures and unreasonable pressures of others The reform helps drivers get home safely by requiring all parties in the supply chain to manage the causes driver fatigue

18 Chain of Responsibility The Chain of Responsibility means that all parties in the supply chain share the responsibility to manage driver fatigue You need to cooperate and consult with each other to address fatigue risks Everyone achieves this by taking reasonable steps to prevent fatigue YOU are responsible. It doesnt matter what your job title is! Drivers, operators, receivers, consigners, consignees, distribution centres, schedulers, rosterers, loaders, unloaders management etc.

19 What are Reasonable Steps? Regularly identify and assess the risks associated with your activities; and manage those risks Eliminate the risk or minimise the likelihood of the risk occurring

20 What can you do? Take a break when you are tired Review your schedule Report any problems/delays Maintain health and fitness

21 Breaches STOP! It is illegal for any person to make a reckless or negligent demand that they know will breach the law Drivers will continue to be held liable even if another party in the supply chain is found guilty – you cant pass the buck!

22 A new work diary New work diary to record your work: –similar format to your current driver log book –some new features

23 Changes from the log book Work and rest hours Odometer reading Pre-trip check Driving scheme Accreditation number Time zone

24 Training and Accreditation BFM and AFM competency unit for drivers TLIF1007C Apply fatigue management strategies (for drivers) TLIF6307A Administer the implementation of fatigue management strategies (for schedulers) Training methods –TAFE College –Private Registered Training Organisation (RTO) – In-house trainers Statement of Attainment

25 Competence Competence can be gained in different ways, including: –Fatigue management training course; –Studying background information –On-the-job training; and –Work experience. It does not really matter how you become competent. What matters is whether you can demonstrate competence.

26 Online resources The NTC has developed an online resource –Information bulletins –Fatigue guidelines –Napping guidelines –Driver dashboard cards –Self-assessment checklists –Daily and weekly work/rest planning –Training and awareness presentations –Promotional material www.ntc.gov.au

27 Supporting material also available: –Guidelines for Using Napping to Prevent Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue –Guidelines for Managing Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue –BFM and AFM Accreditation Guidelines –Rest area guidelines available from your local road agency –Education programs provided by TAFE colleges and RTOs Further information

28 Thank you


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