Based in the Victorian town of Bright, Hotham Freight provides year-round freight services from Melbourne, Albury, Wodonga and Wangaratta to the Victorian ski resorts of Mt Hotham, Dinner Plain and Falls Creek.
“We work with a wholesale food business called Peak Pantry. We do the transport and distribution for them up to the ski fields,” said Hotham Freight Director, Adam Booth.
As Adam explained, the company employs six people in total including drivers and warehouse workers.
“Overall, I would say that WHS MONITOR™ has provided us with the peace of mind that comes with knowing that we are meeting all our legal responsibilities. Having it means we know we are doing the right thing by our employees. That’s important to me.”
Adam Booth – Director
“In terms of Workplace Health and Safety (WHS), our main areas of concern include transport and driver fatigue, along with the possibility of musculoskeletal injuries in the warehouse.” said Adam.
“On top of that, there are the health risks associated with working in the sub-zero conditions of the Alpine National Park.”
As Adam was quick to point out, Hotham Freight views WHS as a top priority.
“As a rule, we carry out training (including first aid) once a year; we run pre-employment medical checks before putting anybody on; and all our store people receive expert instruction on correct lifting techniques and so forth.” he said.
Asked why the company chose WHS MONITOR™, Adam pointed to the impact of recent legislative changes.
How Hotham Freight uses WHS MONITOR™
A cloud-based system, WHS MONITOR™ comprises 120 unique, integrated modules across eight core units – HR Safety Management, Contractor Management, Policies & Procedures, Audits & Inspection, Compliance/Safety Self Audit, WHS Project Management, Chemical Management, Reporting, and Mobile & Digital Access.
Fully customisable, it is suitable for all businesses regardless of size or the industries in which they operate. In other words, businesses can pick and choose the modules and functionality that suit them. And, as time goes on and they grow or change, they can add (or drop) modules.
The modules that Hotham Freight uses are Induction, SQ & E Systems, and Policies & Procedures. As Adam explained, the company has not yet implemented the Environment & Chemicals module, but plans to do so in due course.
“While we don’t transport chemicals of any kind, this module will cover all the materials (oils, etc.) we use to maintain our fleet.” he said.
WHS MONITOR™ can be accessed via all types of devices (desktop, tablet, mobile, etc.), and it allows businesses to provide each employee with different levels of access.
“As the company’s Director, I control most of it through my desktop, then all our drivers have the mobile app and can access what they need,” said Adam.
“These guys all use it on a daily basis, mainly for pre-starts. They carry out vehicle inspections in the morning, then during the day if they identify anything on their vehicles that isn’t working, they can log it immediately.”
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