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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2014
21 fUTUre freiGHT neTWorKS 2014 ALC SAFETY The centrepiece of the ALC Safety focus is the ongoing development of the National Logistics Safety Code of Practice (NLSC), which provides industry with a simple, equitable and effective way to maintain and improve safety and compliance across the supply chain. The Code is the platform from which all industries can develop their own industry solutions to best meet their needs while maintaining levels of consistency for all parties, whatever the supply chain. There are currently more than 300 signatories to the four codes sitting beneath the umbrella of the NLSC: • The Retail Logistics Supply Chain Code of Practice (RLSC) • The Coal Seam Gas Logistics Safety Code (CSG LSC) • The Australian Steel Industry Logistics Safety Code (ASI LSC) • The Electrical Cable Logistics Safety Code (ECLSC). ALC has also announced that it intends to establish a tanker code to assist supply chain participants to manage their Chain of Responsibility obligations. ALC is now inviting other industry sectors to become part of the NLSC with their own industry-specific modules. With the recent establishment of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), and the national rollout of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), a focus of ALC in 2014 will be on ensuring that its Codes are registered under the HVNL. This would mean that compliance with ALC Codes could be taken as evidence that all reasonable steps were taken to prevent a contravention of the new law, and to assist operators in complying with their Chain of Responsibility obligations. Having the Code recognised nationally under the HVNL will provide industry with a low-cost path to compliance, and provide signatories with greater certainty in interstate carriages that they are meeting heavy-vehicle and OHS requirements. As part of this work, ALC will work with the NHVR to provide industry assistance on the development of guidelines to assess industry codes of practice, such as the NLSC. Another achievement this year was the launch of a new ALC safety guide to help heavy-vehicle drivers to understand the dos and don’ts of using load restraint ‘rated’ curtains. The Load Restraint ‘Rated’ Curtains Guideline was developed as part of the ALC Retail Logistics Supply Chain Code of Practice (RLSC), and launched at the ALC Forum. ALC developed the guideline following feedback from industry that there was growing uncertainty about the use and limitations of load restraint ‘rated’ curtains. Later this year, ALC will host a safety and compliance summit in Melbourne to reinforce to stakeholders the important role that the ALC Safety Codes play in assisting supply chain participants to meet their Chain of Responsibility requirements. Alc Safety Ingilby Dickson, Chair of ALC Safety Committee