+ RISSB's Rail Safety Awards - Nominations Close 18 April
+ New Publications
+ Open Calls For Public Consultation
+ Open Calls For Development Group Members
+ Safety Critical Operational Information Code of Practice Update
+ RISSB At The Rail Turnouts Workshop
+ Rail Safety In Australia - A National Perspective Webinar
+ Rail Safety Conference Countdown
+ Derailment Investigation and Analysis Workshop 10-12 May
+ Introducing Our Horizons Program Participants
RISSB's Rail Safety Awards - Nominations Close 18 April
This week RISSB announced the launch of its new awards program, the RISSB Rail Safety Awards, which recognise and celebrate individual and company safety achievements in the rail industry.
The inaugural awards seek to reward individuals and organisations with a strong commitment to safety, and have demonstrated diversity, inclusion, excellence and innovation for the betterment of rail within the past 12 months.
Entry is open now to any individual working in the rail industry and organisation operating in, or affiliated with, rail in Australia and New Zealand.
Submissions are now being accepted across five award categories:
* Safety Leadership Program/Initiative
* Wellbeing Program Incorporating Mental Health
* Industry Safety Professional of the Year
* Safety Initiative by a Young Rail Employee (Under 30)
* Worker Improvement Outcome
Nominations close on Monday, 18 April and the winners will be announced during the 2022 Rail Safety Conference dinner in Melbourne on 3 May 2022.
For more information and to download the Rail Safety Awards nomination form, please go to our Rail Safety Awards web page here.
Safety Critical Operational Information Code of Practice Update
The Development Group are getting closer to finalising this new Code for public consultation. Considerable human factors input has now been included, and a proposed data model for templates is being developed. It is hoped that the Code will be available for review in May this year.
RISSB At The Rail Turnouts Workshop
This week the Rail Turnouts Workshop was held in Perth, with over 130 delegates attending in person and many more joining online. Standards Development Manger Sudha Niles chaired the workshop, introducing and questioning many of the excellent speakers that presented on the day.
The day commenced with Dr Elias Kassa presenting on what happens in turnouts (stresses, wheel / rail interfaces, etc.) which created much discussion. This was followed by several presentations by industry subject matter experts including Matt Reedman, Glenn Lorenz, Daniel Cuddy, and Mark Fulford who all contributed to the development of AS 7642 Turnouts & Special Track Works.
The final session of the day was the Innovation panel, chaired by another of our Standards Development Managers Cris Fitzhardinge. The five panellists explored innovations, skills shortages, and export opportunities for the rail turnout industry.
A very successful day, and one that RISSB was proud to be a part of.
EVENTS & PROGRAMS
Rail Safety In Australia - A National Perspective Webinar
Australia's National Safety Regulator and Chief Executive of ONRSR, Sue McCarrey, is joining us next Tuesday to take a comprehensive look at rail safety in Australia.
Attend the webinar if you would like to:
* Get the uniquely national perspective of rail safety in Australia
* Understand how the strategic combination of data and intelligence is driving safety improvements
* Learn how all rail safety stakeholders can help address rail safety issues, existing and emerging.
* Hear how ONRSR facilitates innovation in rail safety.
The webinar will start at 12PM (AEST) Tuesday, 12 April 2022.
This year's Rail Safety Conference will be held on 3-4 May in Melbourne.
Join us as we address rail’s journey to decarbonisation and the safety impacts of climate change, green energy, supply chain transformation and risk management at Australia's largest rail-focused safety conference.
Topics to be discussed include:
* Safety culture
* Mental health and resilience
* Learnings from COVID
* Climate change
* Safety and sustainability as risk management
* The role of people: our workforce, customers, and communities
*Technology and innovation.
Finish day 1 at our Rail Safety Conference dinner at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium. Against a majestic backdrop of sharks, rays, and beautiful coral gardens, guests will be able to network and celebrate rail's safety achievements at RISSB's inaugural Rail Safety Awards event.
Register yourself or your team to attend the conference and dinner here.
Derailment Investigation and Analysis Workshop
We're offering our next face-to-face Derailment Investigation and Analysis Workshop on 10-12 May.
This 3-day workshop provides participants with an understanding of the principles, methods and requirements for investigating derailments.
* Increase your awareness of evidence collection and what should be included in
* Learn how to correctly identify the contributing factors that caused the derailment
* Enhance your understanding of
derailment investigation methodologies.
This week we're delighted to introduce Vicky, Brendan, Samuel and Brendan.
Vicky Gliddon | Transport for New South Wales
I’m currently at TfNSW as the Human Factors Integration Manager for More Trains, More Services (MTMS), a portfolio of Programs in NSW to deliver service and infrastructure upgrades over the next decade. I’ve been in Australia 4 years working in both private and public sector. I’m looking forward to developing my professional capabilities and leadership skills, sharing my own experiences and interests, and learning from others to increase my knowledge of how different organisations and RISSB operates Australia-wide.
Brendan Cornish| SNC-Lavalin
My name is Brendan Cornish and I work as a Rolling Stock Mechanical Engineer for SNC-Lavalin in NSW.
I joined the rail industry in 2018 on the Automatic Train Protection project with TfNSW. I have since worked on many other transformative projects for the Australian rail sector including Sydney Growth Trains in NSW, Cross River Rail in QLD, and Metronet in WA.
I am excited to build my communication skills, develop collaborative techniques from others in the rail industry and connect with
like-minded future leaders.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my friends and family and hitting the gym.
Samuel Palmer | Transport Canberra
My name is Sam Palmer and I work as the Asset and Interface Coordinator for Transport Canberra, in the ACT Government.
My role focuses on assurance, safety, interface between government and asset management and contract management. I trained as a systems engineer and have previously worked in various roles in the construction, defence and higher education industries.
I'm relatively new to rail and looking forward to get to know everyone from around Australia and across
different facets of the industry.
Brendan Scott | ARTC
I started in rail as a student with ARTC, working several short roles prior to becoming the Track Performance Engineer for the Interstate Network. Alongside technical rail knowledge, I have learned data analysis and automation, which have proved invaluable in an increasingly data driven world. I have just begun a new role in asset assurance.
I enjoy being outdoors, camping and bike riding with my wife and two girls, and family portrait photography.