Safety Matters

Safety is a top priority for the freight logistics industry.

Australia’s major freight logistics companies are all committed to providing safe workplaces for their employees and to ensuring risks are as low as reasonably practicable.

Maintaining and Improving safety not only makes good business sense – it also fulfils industry’s commitment to achieve a safe supply chain for all users, including members of the industry and the travelling public.

A fundamental safety principle in the transport industry is that all participants in the supply chain who control or influence the movement of freight have a responsibility for safety.

This shared approach to safety underpins the Chain of Responsibility concept in the heavy vehicle industry.

Chain of Responsibility effectively means all parties in the supply chain are required to implement positive actions to prevent breaches of the law.

In response, ALC has developed the National Logistics Safety Code (NLSC).

The NLSC provides industry with a simple, equitable, and effective way to improve and maintain safety across the supply chain and to meet their Chain of Responsibility requirements.

ALC developed the NLSC, as well as its constituent code the Retail Logistics Supply Chain Code of Practice (RLSC), because we recognise the most effective way to drive safety outcomes in the transport sector is through effective, targeted and national schemes that have strong industry buy-in.

The ALC Codes, which also include a Steel Code and Coal Seam Gas Logistics Safety Code, adopt a risk management approach and clearly set out all participants’ responsibilities when they control or influence the movement of freight.

It also tests compliance through a rigorous audit regime, so businesses can continually update and improve their safety systems.

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