Driver fatigue is one of the 3 main contributors to road accidents, with males aged between 17-49 being the largest group involved, followed by 50 year olds.
With this is mind and wanting to create a safe work environment for heavy vehicle drivers and the general public ,the regulator (NHVR) have set new requirements for the training of drivers, schedulers, managers, supervisors and business owners in fatigue management policies, procedures and practices.
3 x NEW Nationally Accredited Units of Competency will now make up the new training requirements. These have been developed by the Australian Industry Standards group and have been approved by the Australian Industry Skills Council. After final endorsement, which is scheduled for March 31st, these units will make up the new training requirements.
The new units: TLIF0005 – Apply a fatigue risk management system; TLIF0006 – Administer a fatigue risk management system and TLIF0007 Manage a fatigue risk management system will cover the operation, implementation and management of an organisations fatigue management systems covering heavy vehicle drivers. Only Recognised Training Organisations (RTO’s) approved by the National Heavy Vehicle regulator (NHVR) will be able to deliver these units.
Drivers, schedulers, managers, supervisors and owners who currently hold the TLIF2010 and or TLIF3063 will not be required to upgrade at this stage. More information to come once the government has endorsed the changes.