+ Planned Activities for 2021
+ Webinar New Speaker Announcement
+ RISSB Visits Adelaide
+Congratulations to Chief Medical Officers Council Public Service Medal Recipient
+ AS 7636 Railway Structures Development Group Update + Safety Critical Communications Code of Practice Development Group Update
+ Current Public Consultations
+ Current Calls For Development Group Members
Planned Activities for 2021
A train horn discussion paper, a new digital engineering Standard and a good practice safety culture Guideline are three activities high on RISSB's agenda for 2021.
These priorities, as identified in a 2021 Highlights document, focus on activities that directly address the needs of RISSB stakeholders in the areas of risk analysis, stakeholder engagement and track worker safety.
Some of the projects that are scheduled to be delivered in 2021 include:
* Two major events either cancelled or delivered virtually in 2020 will return in 2021 as face-to-events with virtual attendance options. This year's Rail Safety Conference will be held at the Swissotel from 11-12 May and the Technology and Innovation Conference, after a hiatus in 2020, will return as a face-to-face event in Melbourne from 10-11 August. Planning for both events is well underway with two international speakers recently being added to the Rail Safety Conference draft agenda.
* RISSB is planning to deliver a new resources hub for industry with an exclusive members only area that will include, among other things, a Q&A forum, a calculator and access to RISSB conference papers and videos.
Our first international speaker for RISSB's MasterClass Summer series of webinars has just been announced. We're thrilled that Dr Stuart Hillmansen from the University of Birmingham will be joining us in April to discuss the UK's first hydrogen-powered train (HydroFLEX).
Keep checking your inbox over the coming weeks for your invitation to this event.
RISSB Visits Adelaide
This week, RISSB's Executive Chair and CEO and General Manager Strategy and Stakeholder Relations returned to Adelaide visiting key stakeholders in South Australia as well as members.
The schedule included visits to One Rail Australia, Frazer-Nash and Torrens Connect.
Congratulations to Chief Medical Officers Council Public Service Medal Recipient
Congratulations to Dr Armand Casolin (Chair of the RISSB-run Chief Medical Officers Council), for receiving a Public Service Medal in this year's Australia Day honours. Armand received the award in recognition of his public service to rail transport in New South Wales, particularly to the development of safe working protocols during COVID-19.
AS 7636 Railway Structures Development
The Development Group met for the first time this month to discuss the current Standard and what work is needed to bring the Standard up to date. Additional areas to be covered include: bridge deck and track interaction, use of continuously welded on long bridges, and guidance on assessment of unknown foundations and substructures.
Safety Critical Communications Code of Practice Development Group Update
The Development Group met mid-January to discuss the current draft and make recommendations on next steps. The group has asked for
greater detail on online and application-based communications, and how safety critical information is relayed between people such as network controllers, protections officers and other rail safety workers.
A further draft is expected to be developed by mid-February.