RISSB - Industry's Partner in Co-Regulation
March Occupational Health in Rail Forum
Help RISSB Develop its 2020 / 21 Work Plan - Send in a Proposal for a New Product
RISSB's Rail Safety Conference - An Incredible 5 Site Tours on Offer
The National Rules Framework is Now Online
Infrastructure Standing Committee to Meet
AS 1085.22 Alternative material sleepers
AS 1085.21 Turnouts, swtiches and crossings
Welcome New Members
Current Public Consultations
Horizons Update - Horizons 2 Participant's Profiles
Howard Collins OBE and the Horizons Program
RISSB - Industry's Partner in Co-Regulation
Over a six week period to mid-March, I will be visiting over 30 of our members from industry and government. I will be highlighting what RISSB learnt from our 2019 member survey and how we are planning to action the feedback we received. This includes how we develop our work plan for 2020/21, with both business and technical inputs, how we are expanding our training programs, the fresh look for our Safety Conference to be held in Sydney on 31 March and 1 April and our Technology and Innovation
Conference being held in June in Melbourne. Industry (and others) sent a clear message of the importance of RISSB in co-ordinating industry and playing a leadership role in rail safety in Australia and New Zealand in a time of unprecedented growth.
RISSB is well positioned to respond to industry’s call and I am looking forward to working with industry as your partner in co-regulation.
Executive Chair and Chief Executive Office
RISSB is co-ordinating an Occupational Health (OH) in Rail forum at the request of industry.
The forum will include a workshop covering topics such as drug and alcohol testing, withdrawal from substances, medical category risk assessments – national standardisation and triggered medicals.
There will also be presentations from rail transport operators on OH in their organisation, what they are doing, a discussion on fatigue management with ONRSR and with MTA on the Rail Industry Worker card.
Attendance is by invitation only and is limited to 25 people. The forum will be on Monday 23 March in Melbourne at V/Line starting around 9.30am.
The Infrastructure Standing Committee will be meeting over the next couple of weeks to discuss the infrastructure portfolio. RISSB’s Infrastructure Standing Committee members are all passionate about our industry, going above and beyond to: support national harmonisation, share information on significant issues affecting their discipline and play a critical governance role within the development of RISSB’s products.
A list of the current Infrastructure Standing Committee members can be found on this page.
The National Rules Framework is now available online, allowing all RISSB members the ability to browse and access the Framework through a simple, easy to use interface.
The National Rules Framework consists of those rules from the Australian National Rules and Procedures Project (ANRP) which are based on
principles that are nationally applicable within the Australian rail industry.
The National Rules Framework:
Incorporates nationally applicable rules to cover rail operations and alignment to specific roles within rail operations
Contains content derived from the ANRP to ensure each rule meets the intent of a set of rail operation principles
Provides guidance to Rail Transport Operators on the safe and efficient transport of people, goods and materials
technologies within industry
Demonstrates traceability to the associated risks for which the rule is mitigating.
The delivery of the National Rules Framework this month is the first milestone in a project to develop a nationally applicable rule book, and a significant step towards achieving industry harmonisation.
For more information and to access the National Rules Framework, go to this dedicated web page.
The latest addition to the AS 1085 series of standards (railway track materials) is currently being finalised by the Development Group. AS 1085.22 will assist the rail industry by specifying the performance requirements for sleepers made from non-traditional materials, and the associated test methods to establish conformity. It is the first new Standard to be included in the AS 1085 series since 2014 and reflects the rail industry’s desire to embrace the use of diverse recycled products and alternative materials.
Every week we'll be introducing our new Horizons 2 participants to you. This week say hello to Sue Rose, Aaron Sweeneyand Behrouz Amani.
I’m the Senior Testing and Verification Engineer on the High Capacity Metro Train Project for the Department of Transport in Victoria.
My day involves assessing contractual requirements, managing change with various stakeholders and supporting the formal train test program for the State.
I really enjoying being part of the project as I get to see behind the scenes of what’s involved in delivery of a new fleet and would like to continue to work in these large projects.
My name is Aaron Sweeney and I’m a Civil Engineer working at Queensland Rail. I’ve held a variety of track and structures maintenance roles throughout Queensland and the UK over the last 11 years.
I am excited to be participating in the Horizons Program as it will be an excellent forum to meet and engage with people in the rail industry. I look forward to the opportunity to share my knowledge and learn from others.
Outside of work I spend my time entertaining my wife and kids!
My name is Behrouz and I’m the Senior Project Engineer at V/line based in Melbourne.
My job is to manage and deliver major track maintenance projects all around Victoria to keep the regional network live and safe for commuters. Basically, I scope up a work package, develop a solution, review designs, put together required paperwork, engage a contractor, organise materials, supervise the contractor during construction and get the job done, then move on to the next package.
I joined Horizons 2.0 to get an exposure of other aspect of
rail industry, seeking state-of -the-art knowledge in rail and see what other people doing in their area. Build up the network and sharing experience with other rail experts is an unique opportunity which i’m looking forward to.
Outside of work, I’m self studying playing piano as a beginner. Hope it works!