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FATIGUE - BASIC FATIGUE MANAGEMENT (BFM)

BFM accreditation offers more flexible hours and retains the ability to work 14 hour shifts. BFM gives operators a greater say in when they can work and rest providing the risks of working long and night hours are properly managed.

If your operation requires more flexibility than available under Standard Hours or BFM you should look at the Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) option referred to below. AFM may also be suitable for operators with specific needs such as remote areas livestock transport

Operators will need to be accredited in the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) and comply with six (6) BFM Standards covering scheduling and rostering, fitness for duty, fatigue knowledge and awareness, responsibilities, internal review, and records and documentation.

Drivers and Operators in an alternative accreditation scheme deemed equivalent to BFM [eg.TFMS] can get interim alternate entry/ access to the NHVAS via that scheme for a ‘State approved’  agreed period of 12 months to 28 September/2009 ONLY

Working long hours and night shifts is widely recognised as high risk. Operators and drivers who ‘do the right thing’ by managing fatigue risks have a greater say in when drivers can work and rest and will now have access to a reasonable steps defense.

We provide a useful Daily Hours Planner to assist in managing your driver fatigue.

The basis for operating under BFM is working safer, not less hours. Operators who take basic steps to manage the risk of driver fatigue – such as planning trips and schedules, training drivers and schedulers and checking records – can schedule up to 14 hour shifts. Benefits to the community include better and more consistent compliance with road safety standards by heavy vehicle operators and preservation of the road asset.

Refer to the NTC [National Transport Commission] information bulletins, (NTC website www.ntc.gov.au), or your State Authority web site for more information