+ CEO Message + OTSI Findings Webinar + July Derailment Investigation Course in Sydney + EOFY Safety Critical Communications Course Special Ends 30 June + Did You Know?
RISSB attended the UIC (International Union of Railways) Asia-Pacific Conference on Interoperability and Rail Harmonisation in Melbourne this week, and I was fortunate to be able to present on Australia experience and RISSB’s role and approach. Whilst RISSB’s role has been at the heart of the interoperability and harmonisation challenge since its formation, the subject has only relatively recently received high level industry and political attention to expedite progress. Prior to recent times, the extent of the knowledge about Australia’s interoperability challenges was limited to “that 3 gauges thing”!
There’s no doubt that Australia has a lot to learn from the European experience, and conferences such as this enable us to hear from others on their experiences, and to form relationships that we can call upon to assist I the future.
Damien White RISSB CEO
RISSB at CORE in Melbourne
This week the RISSB team had the pleasure of attending the Railway Technical Society of Australasia’s (RTSA’s) biennial Conference on Railway Excellence (CORE). It was a tremendous event, and extremely well attended. The speakers were fantastic stimulating some really valuable discussions. RISSB had a stand at CORE and the team were delighted to reconnect with old friends as well as making new ones; if you came up to talk to us – thank you! We look forward to engaging with you
further through the work RISSB does to support industry. Well done and congratulations to RTSA!
OTSI Findings Webinar
Please join OTSI for a presentation and Q&A on the recently completed safety investigation into the derailment of freight train 4BM4 at Nana Glen on 25 February 2021.
The investigation report was published on 6 June 2023 and highlights important safety issues including
risk identification and management for extreme weather events and infrastructure resilience.
In a one-hour webinar on Wednesday 5 July, OTSI Chief Investigator Dr. Natalie Pelham and Senior Transport Safety Investigator Daniel Marshall will share insights into the lessons learned through the Nana Glen investigation.
The webinar will cover:
· investigation safety analysis, key findings and recommendations
· the importance of risk identification and management
· implications for the rail sector in managing and responding to extreme weather events and improving rail infrastructure resilience.
EOFY Safety Critical Communications Course Special Ends 30 June
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.
This course was developed in response to an industry need to increase the amount of Safety Critical Communications skills required for Protection Officers. Rail Protection Workers are required to identify and respond to operational information as part of their job role and may be working within a rail operational or infrastructure environment
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.
RISSB Board approves products for publication
On Wednesday, the RISSB Board met, and approved publication of several important documents. As well as supporting railway harmonisation, interoperability, cost reduction and safety, several of these documents support the Government’s agenda of stimulating domestic manufacturing (i.e. through the National Rail Action Plan being administered by the National Transport Commission). Others support our industry’s ability to innovate and will help to unlock mutual recognition of approvals, and yet others simply provide the fundamental underpinnings of our networks/systems. The documents approved were:
· Code of Practice - Shunting Operations in
Terminals & Yards
· AS1085.18 Railway Track Material Screw Spikes & Threaded Inserts
· AS 7520.04 Body Structural Requirements
· AS 7488 Locomotive and Passenger Vehicle Flooring
· AS 7518 Rolling Stock Suspension
· AS 7635 Track Geometry
· AS 7702 Rail Equipment Type Approval
· RISSB Culture Hub Survey Guideline
Thank you to the industry experts who contributed to the development of these products; the RISSB
process only works because of that valuable input, and it makes the content within them that much richer. Watch this space over the coming weeks as these products are released, and made available at the RISSB website.
TRAINING AND EVENTS
July Derailment Investigation Course in Sydney
Our popular Derailment and Analysis Workshop has undergone a name change and is now known as RISSB's Undertake a Derailment Investigation Course. This training is a must for anyone who is required to investigate derailments as part of their job.
We are now accepting enrolments for our July course which will be held on 11-13 July in Sydney.
On 20 June, ONRSR released a fact sheet on Powers to Obtain Information outlining the requirements on persons, including workers, when ONRSR officers issue written Notice to Give Information under s 20 of the Rail Safety National Law (RSNL). Read more about it here.