Chain of Responsibility (CoR)

The Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws came into effect in the beginning of October-2018. Under the new CoR laws, all parties in the Chain will have a proactive and non-delegable duty to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure the safety of their transport activities

All Executives (Directors, Partners, Owners) will have a proactive and non-delegable duty to exercise due diligence to ensure that their business complies with its duty

If you consign, pack, load or receive goods as part of your business, you could be held legally liable for breaches of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) even though you have no direct role in driving or operating a heavy vehicle. In addition, corporate entities, directors, partners and managers are accountable for the actions of people under their control. This is the Chain of Responsibility (COR).
The Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws for heavy vehicles
The time to plan is now
All businesses will be required to have in place a compliance management framework, including:

  1. working procedures
  2. awareness/training programs
  3. compliance clauses in all supply chain contracts
  4. compliance performance monitoring and response/remedy procedures
  5. Executive compliance reporting
Maximum penalties will increase to $3 million for corporations and $300,000 plus up to 5 years in jail for individuals

An incident or accident does not need to occur in order for you to be investigated, prosecuted and fined.

With the new higher standard of obligation and massively increased potential penalties, compliance is more important than ever.  In particular for supply chain parties up and down the chain, it is more important than ever to ensure that transport contractors and subcontractors have a suitable compliance framework in place in order to ensure that they are not a compliance risk and the weak point in the Chain
Dont Risk it!
SWMS for Loading a truck with a forklift or accepting a load from a third-party operator are included in the JSEAsy safety Software

Who is included in the Chain?

If you are involved in any of the following road transport activities, you are a party the “Chain of Responsibility (CoR)
  • Consigning - A person or company commissioning the carrying of goods

  • Packing - Placing goods in packages, containers, or pallets

  • Loading - Placing or restraining the load of the vehicle

  • Driving - The physical act of driving a vehicle

  • Operating - A responsible person/ entity which controls the use of a vehicle

  • Receiving - Paying for the goods/ taking possession of the goods
A PCBU must shall provide training and information for drivers, staff and all parties in the Chain of Responsibility (CoR)
You can purchase the the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) Policy and Procedure as a stand alone document or it's included in the  JSEAsy v4.3 Premium version along with all of our other polices and procedures,Safe Work Method Statements and Safe Operating Procedures as a total; WHS/ OHS management system  to help you with compliance and implementation.

Contents of the Policy and procedure include:

  • Raising Concerns.
  • Driver responsibilities.
  • Consignor/consignee responsibilities.
  • PCBU responsibilities:
  • Receiving.
  • Driving.
  • Packing.
  • Who is included in the Chain?
  • Load Restraint
  • Speed.
  • Driver Fatigue.
  • Scope.
  • Purpose.
  • Introduction
  • Outcome.
  • Policy.
  • Fatigue Management
  • Speed Management
  • Mass and Dimension Limits.
  • Consigning.
  • Loading.
  • Operating.
  • Responsibilities.
  • Manager/ Operator/ Scheduler responsibilities:
  • Loading manager/loader/packer responsibilities.
  • Breaching the Policy.
  • Related Policies.
  • Acknowledgement Form.