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Driver and owner wellbeing programs back on the road

Professional Ownership and Driver Wellbeing Program sessions are set to recommence after a long delay due to COVID 19 travel restrictions. Sessions will be held late March in Tasmania and sessions in Western Australia are currently being organised with the date to be confirmed. Source: Timberbiz

In July 2019 the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) allocated $140K of heavy vehicle safety funding to the Australian Forest Contractors Association to support the program through the 2019 Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.

AFCA partnered with Australian Trucking Safety Services & Solutions (ATSSS) and KJ Training and Consulting to deliver the PODW Program to provide fundamental psychoeducation tools, addressing the ‘human factors’, for those at highest risk within the forestry of a heavy vehicle accident.

The sessions are delivered over a 2½ hour session by two facilitators and aims to:

  • Assist drivers and management to collaboratively develop personal management tools.
  • Challenge participants to examine personal ownership and responsibility for their own and the community’s safety and show them how to develop a personal risk reduction plan.
  • Build on key learning outcomes from the Heavy Vehicle Rollover Awareness Program.

More details of sessions will be announced soon. For more information and to secure your place please email AFCA asap.