Regardless of the size of your business, having an effective Safety Management System (SMS) can be one of the best ways of ensuring you have a safety-focused business and are complying with your safety duty obligations under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).
This section of our website provides the core tools to help you effectively implement a SMS within your business and includes our 9 Step SMS Roadmap. The Roadmap gives structured information and direction that guides you through each step of developing a SMS, implementing it with your management and staff, and extracting safety improvements as part of its day-to-day use.
This Roadmap will guide you through developing a Safety Management System (SMS). Each step contains some general advice, along with a suite of quick-guide documents, templates, worked examples and toolbox talks. You can utilise all of our provided templates as part of your own SMS and there is space to include your own company name and logo.
The NHVR has created the Nine Step SMS Roadmap ('Roadmap') to provide you with guidance on how to design, develop and improve your Safety Management System for Chain of Responsibility (CoR) obligations under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).
The information and recommendations provided in the Roadmap are general only and are not specific to your business and operations. The Roadmap is not legal advice and does not provide an assessment of your business practices or your compliance with the Law. You must independently assess your own circumstances to determine the actions necessary to comply with the HVNL.
Our SMS Fact Sheet (PDF, 269KB) provides a short overview of a SMS and its benefits to a business. You may also want to refer to the FAQs (frequently asked questions) for answers to common SMS related questions.
The NHVR looks to continually improve its industry SMS guidance materials over time, so make sure you Subscribe to On the Road and keep up to date with our social media channels - Facebook and Twitter - to be informed when new resources become available.