+ CEO Message
+ RISSB Progresses Development of AS 7739 Parts 1 & 2
+ RISSB at the CORE Conference
+ Two Weeks Left to Get Your Safety Critical Communications Course Discount + The State of Wellness in the Rail Industry: Key Findings and Next Steps Webinar
+ People Spotlight On...2023 Rail Safety Award Winners
+ Did You Know?
I mentioned in RISSB Connect last week about the increasing focus on rail reform, particularly in the area of interoperability. Australia’s Infrastructure & Transport Ministers met last week and agreed on a number of important reforms, including to “…codify a small number of high-impact interoperability standards required to achieve nation-wide safety and productivity benefits. The standards will be performance-based with a priority focus on digital train technology, a single on-board interface for drivers and crew, and streamlining rolling stock approvals.” See here for the full communique.
Whilst these three issues represent the most significant interoperability hurdles, there are a number of other opportunities that will improve operational efficiency and streamline training that can be far easier to get some progress on. RISSB will continue to lead the work on, and implementation of, a number of key Harmonised National Rules that can deliver a demonstrable change in operational efficiency. Also, RISSB has delivered Phase 1 of its National Rolling Stock Register (funded by NTC), and is now working closely with industry in populating the Register – this initiative is a critical foundation for a National Rolling Stock Registration System. And the ARA &
RISSB have jointly written to each of the jurisdictions stating our support for the National Product Type Approval Framework (developed by Transport for NSW), including its alignment with RISSB Standard AS 7702 (Rail Equipment Type Approval).
These valuable initiatives can be, if we (Industry) want them to be, “stroke of the pen” changes. The Australian Rail Industry is in the unique position to be operating within a largely non-prescriptive environment. That, combined with industry’s collective Technical and Operating SMEs engaged through RISSB’s formal accredited development processes is a powerful combination. My view is that the industry has far more autonomy to determine its operating environment than we currently choose to
exercise, and I’ll be speaking more about this opportunity at the UIC Conference next week.
Damien White RISSB CEO
RISSB Progresses Development of AS 7739 Parts 1 & 2
Digital engineering is a term that is used globally and has been adopted by both asset owners and delivery partners alike. Given it is a relatively new term used to describe business processes that are relatively advanced, yet also conceptual, there currently exists a wide range of interpretations and expectations about digital engineering. Like all technological change, digital engineering will continue to grow and evolve rapidly and RISSB is keeping pace with it s evolution.
RISSB is currently drafting AS 7739 Part 2 “Technical Requirements” which will provide detailed technical requirements (including specifications and procedures) for the procurement and management of digital engineering project deliverables.
Its companion document, AS 7739.1 Digital engineering for fixed rail infrastructure Part 1: Concepts and principles, provides detailed information on how to build data management capability and what should be included in an overarching digital framework required for successful digital engineering project implementation. This publication aims to improve digital collaboration between asset owners and their supply chains and promote the digital transformation of the rail industry.
We'll be at stand 31 in the exhibition hall, ready to talk about our vast catalogue of 220+ publications, data and risk management models - ARRM and ALCAM, and some of our projects including the national rolling stock register - a database of rail vehicles that operate on Australian rail networks.
TRAINING AND EVENTS
The State of Wellness in the Rail Industry: Key Findings and Next Steps Webinar
Earlier this year, Dr Garry Marling from Culture Radar and Ringo App, ran a survey to get a snapshot of the overall state of wellness of workers in the Australian rail industry. Rail employees were asked to rate their psychosocial health and wellness in the areas of work-related stress, job satisfaction, work-life balance and social support.
This webinar, delivered by Dr Marling, will reveal the findings of this industry-wide survey and provide practical strategies for overcoming individual and organisational
psychosocial health challenges.
Two Weeks Left to Get Your Safety Critical Communications Course Discount
For the month of June, we are offering 25% off our Protection Officer Safety Critical Communications Course.
What the course covers:
* Safety critical communications within safe working
* Resolving safety critical communications
* Human factors in safety critical communications
* The application of the Australian Network Rules and Procedures (ANRP)
* Duties of a Protection Officer.
Who should attend
While anyone can complete the course, the course content is ideally suited to a new Protection Officer or an existing Protection Officer who requires rectification training.
To book, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the code PROCOURSE23 in the subject line before 30 June to take advantage of this offer. Or phone (07) 3724 0000.
Hurry! You have just two weeks left to take advantage of this offer.
PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT ON ...
2023 RAIL SAFETY AWARD WINNERS
In the coming weeks, we'll be introducing you to some rail safety champions and winners of our 2023 Rail Safety Awards. This week, we're pleased to introduce you to the winner of the coveted Rail Safety Leadership Award - Metro Trains’ Melbourne Infrastructure New Ways of Working Project Team. This award was accepted by Kevin Morrison and Lisa Young from Metro Trains and this week we caught up with Kevin.
The Rail Safety Leadership Award is given to a comprehensive new safety program that since its implementation, has delivered a significant reduction in safety incidents since it was rolled out.
Q What is your name?
Q What is your position? Head of Safety and Occupations
Q Who is your employer?
Metro Trains Melbourne
Q What does your job entail?
Ensuring we have the right processes and competent people in place to enable our teams to work safely on track, whether this be during train running operations or occupations.
Award winning safety achievements
The New Ways of Working Program focused on three areas for improvement:
* Process and Procedures: Clear processes and ways of working that provide staff with clarity
* Systems: Use of technology to improve planning of work in the rail corridor
* Training: Building the competency of staff to enable consistent and accurate performance.
This resulted in the development of three new Track Protection Manuals, a digital Work on Track
Application, and new training packages for industry.
Why I'm passionate about rail safety Rail accidents can have serious consequences, leading to injuries, fatalities or loss of livelihood. There is nothing more satisfying than knowing that you are making a positive contribution to the safety and wellbeing of passengers that travel by rail, railway workers, and nearby communities.
Q What is a fun safety fact? Did you know that statistically speaking, you are more likely to be injured by a falling coconut than by a shark? While shark attacks often receive a lot of media attention and can be quite terrifying, the actual likelihood of being attacked by a shark is extremely low.
On the other hand, falling coconuts, though less sensational, cause around 150 deaths worldwide each year. So, if you ever find yourself in a tropical paradise with coconut trees, it's a good idea to be aware of your surroundings and take appropriate precautions!
Did You Know?
If money is no object and train travel is your thing, you can attach your own private rail car to an Amtrak train and see North America in style.