This week is Rail Safety Week and we as an industry must continue to encourage people to think and act safely in and around the rail network. Developed by the TrackSafe Foundation, Rail Safety Week is an industry led initiative designed to engage the community in safe rail practices.
To quote TrackSafe, "Rail safety – it’s everyone's responsibility.” It's great to see so many organisations around Australia arranging activities to bring safety to the front of everyone's minds.
Safety is at the core of our business and integrated into everything that we do. We deliver safe outcomes every day for ourselves, our staff, the industry and ultimately the community.
RISSB supports safety in the rail industry by providing good-practice standards, safety tools, guidance and advice which encourages safety so far is as reasonably practicable. We also run safety focused training programs and co-ordinate the Safety Manager's Group on behalf of industry.
RISSB has a number of ways in which you can get involved to further safety, such as joining a Development Group, providing comments during a public consultation or becoming a user of the Australian Rail Risk Model (ARRM). More details are on our website.
It's never too late to engage with RISSB.
Executive Chair and Chief Executive Officer
The Development Group for AS 7633 – Railway Infrastructure Clearances recently met to review comments received during public consultation. In addition to the extensive railway infrastructure experience, it was also fantastic to have the participation of a rolling stock engineer. Why? To ensure harmonisation and interoperability.
If you’re passionate about a topic, please consider joining one of our future Development Groups.
AS 1085.14 Railway Track Materials, Part 14: Pre-Stressed Concrete Sleepers
The Development Group met last week to finalise revisions made to the Standard, incorporating comments received during public consultation.
AS 7501 - Rolling Stock Certification
The Development Group met recently to discuss the 199 comments received during the public consultation period.
AS 1085.1 Railway Track Materials, Part 1: Steel Rails
The project for AS 1085.1 has progressed to its final stages, following endorsement by the Development Group. This is an exciting achievement for everyone involved and will be the first Standard in the AS 1085 series to be published under RISSB’s custodianship.
Rail Cyber Security in Rolling Stock and Rail Cyber Security in Train Control Codes of Practice
These two Codes of Practice are being developed in parallel. They form part of the RISSB suite of Rail Cyber Security products which include AS 7770 - Rail Cyber Security and the Rail Cyber Security Guideline. With drafting underway, it is anticipated that these documents will be reviewed by the Development Group in late August.
AS 1085.20 Railway Track Materials, Part 20: Welding Steel Rail
The Development Group has been creating new content for mobile flash butt welding and additional test methods to reflect rail industry expectations. Keep an eye out for it when it becomes available for public consultation in the near future.
Nominations for Horizons 2.0
Nominations for the Horizons 2.0 have closed. The program has been well received with RISSB accepting more than 40 industry nominations. It's great to see so many organisations supporting their young professionals.
In 2018, RISSB coordinated an industry investigations forum. Around 30 people attended from 17 rail organisations. Based on strong positive feedback from the first forum, RISSB has been asked to co-ordinate a second forum. Forum No.2 will be held at Aurizon in Brisbane on Wednesday 2 October 2019. Details will be provided in the near future.
Horizons 2.0 Key Dates
Successful applicants will be notified by 20 August.
Horizons 2.0 will kick off with a teleconference on 6 September.
The first forum will be held at Arup in Melbourne on 22 and 23 October.
Rail cyber security attacks can threaten passenger safety, disrupt services and cause severe economic damage. Understand the threats and opportunities that rail cyber security risks present at RISSB's 2019 Rail Cyber Security Conference in Melbourne on 26-27 August.