+ Calls for Public Consultation
+ RISSB and OTSI Meet
+ Permanent Way Executive Breakfast NSW
+ CORE Conference June 2023
+ Natalie Pelham RISSB MasterClass Webinar Presentation
+ May Rail Safety Conference
+ Industry SPAD/LRTAE Symposium 4 May
+ Rail Safety Awards
+ Need Some Inspiration to Ask if U R OK?
+ Did you know?
Calls of Public Consultation
Help harmonise Australia's railways by providing feedback on one (or more) of five industry Standards.
AS 7518 Rolling Stock Suspension
This Standard provides the requirements, recommendations, and guidance for rolling stock suspension and the requalification of springs and dampers. The requirements aim to reduce the risk of hazards due to inadequate design or maintenance of suspension components. Visit this page for more information
AS 7520.4 Body Structural Requirements Part 4
This Standard provides requirements for the structural strength of railway locomotives, freight vehicles, passenger vehicles and infrastructure maintenance rollingstock and one of its main purposes is to minimise risks to train crew and members of the public in the event of collisions or derailments. Visit this page for more information
AS 1085.18 Railway track material Part 18: Screw spikes and threaded inserts
AS 1085.18 provides manufacturers and purchasers with performance requirements for steel screw spikes and threaded inserts for use with sleeper plates, fastenings, and sleepers in railway permanent way. Visit this page for more information
AS 7702 Rail Equipment Type Approval
This Standard seeks to encourage harmonised type approval processes by providing guidance on:
* Cross acceptance (mutual acceptance) between rail transport operators and suppliers
* Minimum requirements for product information/acceptance pack documentation
* Recognising the competency of those undertaking type approval evaluation
* Recognition of other applied (applicable) type and trails testing. Visit this page for more information.
AS 7635 Track Geometry
The purpose of AS 7635 Track Geometry is to provide a harmonised and consistent approach to managing track geometry across jurisdictions. First published in 2013, this updated Standard provides guidance to rail infrastructure managers and other responsible parties tasked with the design, construction, commissioning, monitoring, maintenance, and modification of rail tracks in Australia. Visit this page for more information
RISSB and OTSI Meet
OTSI and RISSB met for their regular collaboration meeting last week, where systemic learnings from investigations were discussed. Such topics as risk awareness; asset management, resilience and worksite protection were shared. RISSB looks to take these learnings and embed the findings into publications (Standards, Codes and Guidance) produced and services offered, such as the updated Protection Officer Communications e-learning course.
The RTSA's biennial CORE conference will be held in Melbourne from the 19-21 June 2023.
This year's conference will highlight technological and other industry developments which are increasing and enhancing the effectiveness of rail in supporting economic development and wellbeing around the world.
For more information about the speakers, conference program, and to book tickets, head to the event website.
Dr Natalie Pelham, Chief Investigator and Chief Executive from the Office of Transport Safety Investigations (OTSI) and OTSI Transport Safety Investigator Matthew Manchester are our next webinar presenters.
The OTSI presentation will be held on Wednesday, 26 April at 12PM (AEST).
Detailed information about this webinar will be sent out next week. In the meantime, if you'd like to attend, please use the blue button below this story to secure your place.
RISSB's Rail Safety Conference
is renowned for bringing together representatives from government, rail operators, rail infrastructure managers, suppliers, academia and research bodies
under one roof to discuss safety culture, safety assurance, safety climate, risk management, harmonisation, interoperability and resilience and this year's event is no exception.
To be held in less than three week's time, this year's conference highlights include: panels on rail safety issues and innovative and sustainable rail safety solutions, and interoperability; seven keynote addresses from international and Australian leaders; and a host of compelling plenary sessions including:
* Improving Operational Safety
* Systemic Investigations - Issues Identified Through the ATSB’s No-blame Rail Investigations
* Continuous Improvement in Electrical Safety and Minimising Risk on a DC Traction Network
* Rail Decarbonisation Technologies – New Technologies bring New Safety Challenges.
Signals Passed at Danger (SPADs) or Light Rail or Tram Authority Exceeded (LRTAEs) are areas of significant focus for the railway and there is a great deal of effort going into reducing risk associated with them. On behalf of industry, RISSB manages the SPAD/LRTAE Group made up of multidisciplinary specialists from many rail companies right across the country, who come together to share best practice and progress initiatives to reduce SPAD/LRTAE risk.
On the 4th May, RISSB and the SPAD/LRTAE Group will host a symposium in Sydney adjoining RISSB’s annual Rail Safety Conference at the Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney where attendees will get to hear from a range of expert speakers, attend panel sessions, and participate in workshops. Topics will range from human factors, to technology, to specific projects and investigations.
Places are strictly limited; if you would like to register your interest in attending please do so by emailing email@example.com with your position, organisation, and interest in SPADs/LRTAEs and we will respond to you directly.
Rail Safety Awards
All submissions in five categories have been scored by a panel of judges resulting in a finalist list of 16 being compiled.
All finalists (including winners) are being contacted and invited to attend the Rail Safety Conference Dinner where we will formally announce the winners (and highly commended) in each category.
Need Some Inspiration to Ask if U R OK?
While Rail R U OK? Day falls on the last Thursday of April, a safe, supportive R U OK? culture encourage workmates to look out for one another every day of the year.
Knowing how to initiate a conversation with someone you suspect is struggling, and dealing with what could be an emotional response from them is tough. So it's no wonder that some people avoid having a "check-in" conversation altogether. But not Marty Zeck from RISSB member Aurizon who believes that we should keep an eye on our employees and our team and if we notice anything different in their behaviour we should ask them if they are ok.
Marty is one of six rail industry employees sharing their views on how to support workmates on Tracksafe's website. If you'd like to watch the videos and download some resources, ahead of Rail R U Ok Day, just use this link .
Did you know?
170 years ago, the opening of Australia’s first steam rail line was founded at a public meeting convened by Melbourne’s mayor. The intent of the meeting was to form a company to build a rail line between Flinders Street Station and Sandridge, effectively connecting the port to the city.