Safety at
our sites

Your safety checklist

GrainCorp’s number one priority at our sites is safety – yours and ours

Don’t have your own Personal Protection Equipment?*

1. What to wear on site

Our safety standards mandate that Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) is required to be worn when you are on site:

  • Hat/cap.
  • Safety glasses.
  • High-vis vests.
  • Enclosed footwear.

NOTE: No less than P2 level dust masks must be worn when exposed to airborne dust. In addition, safety glasses and, when required, goggles are to be worn. You must also wear hearing and UV protection when instructed. The best protection for feet and ankles are lace-up steel cap boots. GrainCorp-branded hats/caps must be worn in areas where hardhats are not mandatory.

*Don't have your own PPE? We can lend you the essentials; collect at the sample stand or site office.

2. Safe behaviour

Report to the sample stand or site office on arrival, and:

  • Obey warning instructions and signs.
  • Keep clear of all machinery and equipment, including mobile plant.
  • Never enter any storage facility unless accompanied by a GrainCorp employee, never assist a GrainCorp employee with their duties or operate GrainCorp plant and/or machinery.
  • Watch for trains at level crossings and keep clear of railway lines.
  • Report hazards or incidents, accidents and injuries while on site to the GrainCorp Site Manager.

3. Truck drivers: take note

  • GrainCorp has a zero-tolerance policy on alcohol: 0.000%
  • All trucks delivering grain to GrainCorp sites are responsible for:
  • Ensuring tailgate chains are fitted.
  • Opening and closing tailgates and bag chutes at delivery hopper.
  • Ensuring vehicles are roadworthy and fit for use.
  • Observing site speed limits (usually 20km/h).
  • Following traffic flow signs and instructions by GrainCorp employees.
  • Watching for overhead power lines.
  • Remaining outside the danger zone when tipping trailers.
  • Controlling tipping operations to prevent roll-overs or road hopper damage.
  • Do not enter exclusion zones.
  • Do not climb on vehicles where a fall may result.
  • Do not travel with trailer/tippers in the raised position; they must be fully lowered before departing the grain delivery hopper.
  • Do not obstruct traffic with parked vehicles. Use designated parking zones.
  • Do not clean trucks on site.

4. Alcohol and other drugs

Everyone on GrainCorp sites must be 100% free from alcohol or illegal, prescription or pharmaceutical drugs that may affect their ability to safely perform their duties. Anyone who presents at a GrainCorp site in the presence of, or impaired, by drugs and alcohol will not be permitted on site. As a visitor you may be subjected to Drug and Alcohol Testing.

5. Children and animals

Children and animals must be supervised constantly and always remain in the vehicle when on GrainCorp sites.

Trucks and Chain of Responsibility

Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws apply to all participants in the road transport supply chain.

During the harvest period, mass and fatigue are two significant areas where growers, road transport providers and receivers of grain could be legally liable for breaches of road transport laws.

In the event of breaches, both the truck driver and loader could face heavy penalties.

Under the CoR Legislation, grain receivers in every state can be compelled to provide detailed information in relation to deliveries received.

This information can and has been used by regulators to prosecute transport contractors and growers.

From 1 October 2018 the Heavy Vehicle National Law and the associated Chain of Responsibility obligations the law gives, will include vehicle maintenance.

Practically, the new law continues the grain industry's requirement to manage our risks when moving grain on the road with trucks.

For further information, please refer to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator website:

Mass Management

Mass limits apply to heavy vehicles. During harvest, mass management laws apply to growers and truck drivers alike.

Whether loading the trucks on-paddock or driving the truck to a GrainCorp site, it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure the truck complies with mass limits.

Mass limits apply to the truck configurations used by growers during harvest and these mass limits vary in every state.

When loading grain it is important that the mass limit, Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) and Gross Combination Mass (GCM) is known and not exceeded.

The default mass limit is the General Mass Limit (GML). On top of GML, trucks are also able to apply for extra mass limits that fall into the following categories:

  • Concessional Mass Limits;
  • Class 2 or Class 3 permits;
  • Performance Base Standards; and
  • Higher Mass Limits.

For further information about mass limits, please refer to the Grain Transport Safety Network Truck Chart found at, which GrainCorp implemented in 2018.

Mass limits for all vehicles can be found on the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator website:

Grain Harvest Management Schemes (GHMS)

GrainCorp has been working with state regulators to make it easier for growers to load on-farm and deliver grain to their local site during harvest. There are differences between state jurisdictions for overloaded vehicles:

Queensland. The GHMS is administered by AgForce Queensland in conjunction with Transport and Main Roads (TMR). Registered grower trucks, transport providers and receivers of bulk grain receive a mass limit increase of up to 7.5 percent from the General Mass Limit. No increase applies to trucks claiming CML, HML or PBS.

NSW. Most truck types receive an increased mass limit of up to 5 percent above General Mass Limit, however you should always check your truck type and area with RMS to ensure your load is legal.

Council participation is optional, so it is important that you understand what mass limits apply for your area. GrainCorp must unload trucks within their usual legal mass limit if councils do not participate. Further information is available at the RMS website:

Victoria. Trucks receive an increased mass limit of up to 5 percent above General Mass Limit if they comply with the scheme.

For further information, refer to the VicRoads website:

Harvest Overload Management. For harvest 2019/20, GrainCorp will expand the replacement of charity donation above the mass limit in Victoria to NSW.

With this change, the communications will occur automatically when the gross weight exceeds the mass limit, via GrainCorp’s CropConnect platform. Trucks that exceed the mass limit in Queensland may be removed from the scheme.

For more information on Harvest Overload Management, click here.

Fatigue Management

Fatigue management laws apply to vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Mass of 12 or more tonnes.

Most truck drivers delivering to GrainCorp sites would operate under ‘Standard Hours’ where they can work a maximum of 12 hours per 24-hour period, and must take minimum rest breaks and rest days as per the table below.

Further information on fatigue management can be found at the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator website.

Log Books

All drivers of regulated heavy vehicles who drive 100km or more from their home base, or operate under Basic Fatigue Management or Advanced Fatigue Management, must complete a work diary to record their work and rest times unless they have a work diary exemption.

The National Primary Producer Production Work Diary Exemption (Notice) 2015 allows primary producers to drive 160km from their home base before log books are required in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria.

If you or a truck driver/subcontractor you employ is working in an area less than the above distances from the home base and Standard Hours are used, a log book is not required. When working without a log book, relevant work and rest hour totals records must be kept.

Further information on log books can be found at the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator website:

Fatigue Management – Standard Hours


Time: In any period of...

Work: A driver must not work for more than a maximum of...

Rest: And must have the rest of that period of work with at least a minimum rest break of...

In any period of...A driver must not work for more than a maximum of...And must have the rest of that period of work with at least a minimum rest break of...

Time: 5.5 hours

Work: 5.25 hours work time

Rest: 15 continuous minutes rest time

5.5 hours5.25 hours work time15 continuous minutes rest time

Time: 8 hours

Work: 7.5 hours work time

Rest: 30 minutes rest time in blocks of 15 continuous minutes

8 hours7.5 hours work time30 minutes rest time in blocks of 15 continuous minutes

Time: 11 hours

Work: 10 hours work time

Rest: 60 minutes rest time in blocks of 15 continuous minutes

11 hours10 hours work time60 minutes rest time in blocks of 15 continuous minutes

Time: 24 hours

Work: 12 hours work time

Rest: 7 continuous hours stationary rest time*

24 hours12 hours work time7 continuous hours stationary rest time*

Time: 7 days

Work: 72 hours work time

Rest: 24 continuous hours stationary rest time

7 days72 hours work time24 continuous hours stationary rest time

Time: 14 days

Work: 144 hours work time

Rest: 2 x night rest breaks# and 2 x night rest breaks taken on consecutive days

14 days144 hours work time2 x night rest breaks# and 2 x night rest breaks taken on consecutive days

* Stationary rest time is the time a driver spends out of a heavy vehicle or in an approved sleeper berth of a stationary heavy vehicle.

# Night rest breaks are 7 continuous hours stationary rest time taken between the hours of 10pm on a day and 8am on the next day or 24 continuous hours stationary rest break.

Further information on fatigue management can be found at the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator website

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