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Remote driving

Remote driving falls under the category remote or isolated work (reg 48 of the Workplace Health and Safety Regulations NT).

So according to legislation, PCBU will have to provide safety system of work for drivers in remote with effective communication system (max penalty $30,000).

That means the following:

PCBU’s must manage risks to the health and safety of a worker associated with remote or isolated work
• Remote or isolated work in relation to a worker means work that is isolated from the assistance of other persons because of location, time or the nature of work e.g. regional drivers
• Assistance includes rescue, medical assistance and the attendance of emergency service workers PCBU’s must provide a system of work that includes effective communication with the worker. This could include:
• Personal security systems, radio or satellite communications, distress beacons
• Procedures for regular contact with the worker, emergency communication plan