+ Protection Officer Training Course Progresses
+ Drones Webinar Event This Tuesday
+ Less Than 4 Weeks Left Until Rail Safety Conference 2021
+ AS 7460 - Railway Networks – Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (Drones) – Operational Requirements Available Now
+ AS 7659 Point Locking And Point Detection Update
+ Development and Maintenance of Network Rules – Code of Practice Update
+ Open Calls For Public Consultation
+ Temporary Access To Modelled RTO Risk Profiles Now Available
+ Meet The Next Generation Of Leaders
Protection Officer Training Course Progresses
RISSB continues to progress a series of important projects around harmonising, and raising the quality of our industry’s communications including the creation of our industry-first harmonised communications rule, the production of a communication Code of Practice and two online communications courses. One of those courses is focused on the role of the Protection Officer (PO / TFPC / Safeworking Specialist), and builds on the accredited unit of competency ‘Apply Safety Critical Communications in the Rail Environment’ (TLIF0008). This course will be a
short, online (non-accredited) course with an assessment, that can be completed at your own pace.
The cross-industry Development Group has done a tremendous job in creating the content for the course – thank you! – and we’re fast approaching completion. In the coming weeks this course will be available, so please watch this space.
EVENTS AND PROGRAMS
Drones Webinar Event This Tuesday
As the use of drones expands in new and exciting ways, the need for a national approach to the safe use of drones in the rail corridor has become more and more apparent. Over the past 18 months RISSB has brought together subject matter experts from all over Australia to write a new Australian Standard - AS 7460 Railway networks – Remotely piloted aircraft systems (Drones) – Operational requirements.
Tuesday, consultant, drone pilot and author of AS 7460, Brendan McLearie, will discuss how this new Standard sets a baseline for the safe operation of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) in the Australian rail industry and brings together the requirements of professional aviation and rail safety in the one publication.
The webinar starts at 12PM (AEST) on Tuesday, 20 April 2021.
Please click on the blue 'Register Now' to secure your spot.
Less Than 4 Weeks Left Until Rail Safety Conference 2021
You have less than one month left to secure your seat at our 21st Rail Safety Conference.
To be held on 11-12 May in Sydney, during two days of vigorous discussions you will hear from more than 50 senior industry professionals from the UK, USA, New Zealand and Australia.
Attend one of 8 conference streams to hear the latest industry developments in safety innovation, safety harmonisation and interoperability, asset management, fatigue, safety culture, track worker safety, and safety technology.
At the end of day 1, unwind with a large group of senior executives, safety professionals, project managers, engineers and investigators from some of the biggest names in industry at our exclusive after hours networking event (included in ticket price).
Conference speakers include: * Ian Jeffries, President and CEO, Association of American Railroads (USA) * George Bearfield, Director of Health, Safety and Cyber Security, Rock Rail Holdings (UK) * Dan Basacik, Principal Human Factors
Specialist, RSSB (UK) * Sue McCarrey, Chief Executive, ONRSR * Dr Natalie Pelham, CEO & Chief Investigator, Office of Transport Safety Investigations(OTSI) * Greg Hood, Chief Commissioner and CEO, Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) * Suzanne Holden, A/Deputy Chief Executive, Sydney Trains
AS 7460 is now available to download from RISSB's website. If you are an employee of a RISSB member and would like to download a copy of this publication, please click here.
This new Standard provides requirements for the operation of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) by RPAS operators within the railway network and requirements for rail transport operators (RTOs) to manage the hazards imposed by RPAS use generally (whether that be by RPAS operators or the general public).
AS 7659 Point Locking And Point Detection Update
The Development Group received the validation report this week and is currently reviewing the recommendations prior to our next meeting in mid-April.
Once this work has been completed, the Standard will be prepared for publication, hopefully in late May.
Development and Maintenance of Network Rules – Code of Practice Update
The Development Group met last week for the first time to get to know each other and discuss the scope and objective of this new Code of Practice. The aim of this publication is to assist Rail Transport Operators in adopting the National Rules, facilitating the development of new rules, and maintaining existing rules.
Other areas to be covered include development of network rule books and managing change to network rules and rule books.
Temporary Access To Modelled RTO Risk Profiles Now Available
Did you know that approved third parties can now be given temporary access to modelled RTO risk profiles?
If you’re a RISSB member and would like to give one-off access to the Australian Rail Risk Model to an approved third party, please email email@example.com for further details.
MEET THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS
Each week we'll introduce you to the future leaders attending Horizons Program 3.0. This week, we'd like you to meet James, Elizabeth and George.
James Freestone | Infrastructure Maintenance Engineer
Hi, I’m James and I work for One Rail Australia as an infrastructure maintenance engineer. I am relatively new to the rail industry having graduated from Flinders University in mid-2020 with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering.
Through this job I get to travel and see remote parts of the country not many people get the opportunity to. Outside of work I enjoy exploring new places, hiking, snorkeling, and camping.
Elizabeth Reddy| Manager, Southbank Lines
I am Elizabeth Reddy, I have worked for Yarra Trams for eight years. I am the Manager of Lines at Southbank Depot and in this this role I lead a team of dedicated managers, drivers and operational staff. Together we ensure the safe, efficient and reliable delivery of several key tram services. Prior to my time with Yarra Trams, I worked in business development roles in the private sector. I have a Business and Psychology degree and in my personal
time, I love to collect vintage tea cups and spend time with my family.
George Duong | Site Engineer
My name is George Duong and I am a site engineer working in Major Projects at Arc Infrastructure, Perth WA.
I have been working in the rail industry for 3.5 years and am currently responsible for the planning & execution of track renewal projects throughout the Arc Network.
Outside of work I am a big enthusiast of coffee, tasty food and automobiles.
Random fact about myself; I rather enjoy the smell of lemongrass.