From the rail corridor to the boardroom, safety affects every aspect of an organisation. While historically safety has been a local concern, approaching safety from a global perspective, leads to the application of good practice, which progresses safety toward its ultimate goal: making the railway safe for all.
Understanding the value of safety is a key aspect of this perspective. If organisations approach safety purely from a cost or regulatory perspective, the positive impact of safety initiatives often falls short of their potential.
The goal of safety is to make the
workplace safe for workers and passengers. But, when implemented properly, safety can improve efficiency and productivity, protect brand image and protect stakeholder value. These outcomes justify an organisation’s investment in safety initiatives.
Successful safety initiatives need more than a corporate mandate; leadership must come from within organisations. This leadership should come from every level and across all business units. This is key to ensuring that safety measures will be employed consistently and embedded within organisations.
Promoting safety in the workplace is essential for employers, and safety initiatives are practical ways to meet organisational safety objectives. By raising employee awareness across an entire business, we can build on safety
That is why RISSB launched its “Start your day thinking about safety” initiative at its recent Rail Safety Conference in Melbourne.
AT RISSB, safety is at the heart of what we do, and we want everyone in the rail industry to start their day thinking about safety. When you start your day thinking about safety, it informs your actions and decisions for the rest of the day. And the actions we take today, impact everyone's safety tomorrow.
Over the next few months, RISSB will be providing industry with boxes of toothbrushes emblazoned with the slogan “Start your day thinking about safety” to hand out to everyone. Whether you are a trackworker, engineer or receptionist, safety is
everyone’s responsibility and RISSB wants everyone to start their day thinking about safety, and how they can ensure the Australian rail industry remains one of the safest in the world.
So, keep an eye out for the RISSB toothbrushes which we will be distributing during Development Group meetings, training sessions, events or meetings near you. Or, if you’d like RISSB to send some toothbrushes to you to hand out to your team, please contact us directly.
I hope everyone has a safe and relaxing Easter break.
On a final note, I’ll leave you with one simple question. How do you start your day?
Paul Daly RISSB CEO
RISSB's 2019 Rail Safety Conference Wrap Up
Earlier this month, RISSB played host to more than 130 international and local delegates (including speakers) at its annual Rail Safety Conference. Themed Safety in a Growth Industry, over the course of two days, delegates listened to 17 presentations delivered by 30 speakers, and explored issues such as track worker safety, safety and customer satisfaction, digital systems and value engineering.
When it came to activities, delegates were spoiled for choice. On Day 1, a lucky group of conference attendees were given a behind-the-scenes look at Melbourne's Metro Tunnel Project, while the remainder started off their day at the Australian Transport and Safety Bureau's RailSAFE forum - a first for a RISSB Rail Safety
Day one wrapped up with a dinner with a difference. Held at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Club, attendees went on a special night time adventure and toured the museum after-hours taking in memorabilia from some of the country’s biggest heroes and moments that have shaped the traditions of Australian sport.
Highlights from the two-day event included presentations on:
Crossrail's Target Zero Vision presented by Tom Breen, Head of Health and Safety (Systemwide & Improvements ), Crossrail UK
Health and wellness: Keeping our people, customers and workplaces safe presented by Dr Keith Adam, Chief Medical Officer, Pacific National and Sonic Health Plus
Thinking about safety like a passenger presented by Leila Frances, Chairman, Keolis Downer
The role of safety in delivering New Zealand's largest infrastructure project presented by Russell McMullan, General Manager (Acting) - Operations and Assets, City Rail Link Project (New Zealand)
Thank you to everyone who joined RISSB in Melbourne.
Horizons Program Melbourne Forum
The Horizons Program Melbourne Forum was held on Monday, 1 April at Deakin University, Downtown Campus.
Feedback from participants was extremely positive with all presentations, panels and workshops getting high scores, including many at 100%!
Participants enjoyed discussions with leaders within and outside the rail industry, the technical workshops and presentations and the focus on both personal and professional development. The inclusion of PhD students from the Rail Manufacturing CRC was an added component of the program with Horizons participants interacting across the day, learning about the students' research.
On Tuesday, 2 April, the group enjoyed one of three site visits to SCT, Bombardier or the Institute of Railway Technology. Thanks to the organisations that hosted site visits, the Rail Manufacturing CRC for their support of Horizons, to all presenters for the time and effort you put into your presentations, to Deakin for a wonderful venue and to SNC Lavalin Atkins who supported the all-important networking function after the forum.
National Rail Safety Investigation Course
Adelaide I 27-30 May 2019
This four-day course will give you the skills and knowledge required to investigate safety incidents, including planning the investigation, collecting and analysing information, and preparing the rail safety incident report.
Who should attend?
This course is perfect for those new to rail industry investigations, safety personnel who may be required to assist in rail safety investigations or those who wish to broaden or refresh their investigation and analysis skills for rail safety occurrences.
Learn how to investigate all rail safety incidents, including (but not limited to):
Accidents and injuries
Train control incidents
Infrastructure and construction incidents.
other things, this five-day course will cover:
Regulatory requirements for rail safety investigations
Rail safety investigation models
Rail safety investigation principles and the legislative framework, including ONRSR requirements and ATSB involvement
Safety awareness in rail investigations
investigation report writing
Planning and conducting the investigation:
Evidence types / collection / storing
Securing the site and quarantining evidence
Analysis tools and analysing relationships between evidence
Human factors and contributing factor frameworks.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a nationally accredited Statement of Attainment in the Unit of Competency TLIF 5017 – Investigate Rail Safety Incidents.